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EC Law

Volume 461: debated on Wednesday 6 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions in each of the last five years his Department was the subject of a case raised by the European Commission of infringement of European Law; to which directives such infringements were related in each year; and what fines the UK was required to pay in each case. (138709)

Between 1 January 2003 and 18 May 2007, DEFRA was the lead Department for 94 infringement proceedings initiated by the European Commission.

A member state can be infracted for a number of different reasons falling into the following categories:

(i) late transposition;

(ii) poor transposition; and

(iii) implementation issues.

A list of all infringements initiated by the European Commission against the UK can be found on the European Union website. The UK has never been fined.