Checking national implementing measures notified by national authorities:
EU directives set out results that all EU Member States must achieve. National authorities then have the choice of form and method to meet this result. Directives are used to bring different national laws into line with each other, and are particularly common in matters that affect the operation of the single market (e.g. product safety standards).
Each directive contains a deadline by which Member States must adopt national transposition measures – which incorporate the obligations of the directive into national law. To find a deadline:
- locate the directive using the EUR-Lex search engine and click the corresponding link.
- click the About this document tab.
- In the Dates box, look for the date of transposition (this is the deadline).
Monitoring the transposition measures
Member States must provide the Commission with the texts of transposition measures. The Commission then examines them to ensure that they achieve the results required by the directive.
The Commission verifies what measures national authorities have taken to incorporate EU directives into national law. When Member States fail to notify the Commission in time regarding national transposition measures or if after assessment the Commission finds that the national measures are incomplete, it opens an infringement case for ‘non communication’. This is the first stage in the procedure to ensure compliance.
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