EU lambasts Luxembourg: transpose EU directives or face fine

10 Jan 2007

The European Commission (EC) has given Luxembourg two months to comply with a 2003 ruling by the European Court of Justice, Europe’s highest court, that the country has not transposed an EU directive on telecommunication services into national law. According to a report by Forbes, the commission has sent Luxembourg a letter of ‘reasoned opinion’, the second step in legal proceedings, saying that procedures for obtaining the right to roll out telecoms networks alongside roads and railway lines in Luxembourg still lack transparency. If Luxembourg continues to fail to comply, the Commission may refer the matter to the Court for a second time and request the imposition of fines on the country until the necessary changes are in place.