The Slovenia Times

Slovenia Ticked Off for not Complying with EU Rules


Slovenia was urged to send details about how EU legislation on waste electrical and electronic equipment is being enacted in its national law, an obligation due to be fulfilled by mid February 2014.

The new directive seeks to prevent or reduce adverse impacts of the generation and management of this equipment on human health and the environment as well as to improve efficiency and overall impacts of resource use.

Slovenia received reasoned opinion for not complying with the directive and if the country fails to act within two months, the case may be referred to the EU Court of Justice.

To explain, the Environment Ministry said on Thursday that the transposition could not be executed simply by adopting some changes to the existing regulations; the directive must be rewritten in its entirety.

Slovenia has already informed the EU about the progress of the new legislation, which is scheduled to be adopted by the end of October at the latest, the ministry also told to the STA.

However, waste electrical and electronic equipment directive was not the only issue. The country was also reproached for not complying with EU rules on minimum oil stocks.

The rules require member states to maintain stocks of oil equivalent to at least 90 days of average daily net imports or 61 days of average daily inland consumption, whichever of the two quantities is greater.

"Given the importance of oil in the EU's energy mix and the union's strong external dependence for supply of crude oil and petroleum products as well as the geopolitical uncertainty in many producer regions, it is vital that all EU countries comply with these rules", the commission explained.

A vast majority of EU members usually comply with the commission's demands in time after infringements have been found, the commission said and added that it issued a total 147 infringement decisions on Thursday, out of which only four were taken to court.


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