Brussels, 21 February 2013
Interoperability of European railways: Commission refers Slovenia to the Court of Justice
The European Commission has decided today to refer Slovenia to the European Court of Justice for failure to notify national measures transposing a directive on railway interoperability. The deadline for implementation was 31 December 2011.
The EU rules
The reason for today's action
The Commission had already requested Slovenia to take action to ensure compliance with Directive 2011/18/EU. However, Slovenia has not taken the necessary measures it was required to implement and have failed to notify the Commission of any such measures.
The practical effect of non-implementation
The European Union's legislation on railway interoperability aims to improve the competitiveness of the rail sector. It establishes a regulatory framework for the technical harmonisation of Europe’s railways and removes technical and administrative barriers, e.g. by providing common authorisation processes for putting railway assets into service.
Failing to implement the Directive means that national bodies designated to carry out verification procedures do not apply the same legal framework. This would hinder the free movement of rail components and equipment on the EU market.
On the February infringement package decisions, see MEMO/13/122
On the general infringement procedure, see MEMO/12/12