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Twelfth annual report on monitoring the application of Community law

The European Commission has recently published its "Twelfth annual report on monitoring the application of Community law". The report covers the year 1994 and looks, in particular, at the following specific areas: - Completion of the Internal Market; - Competition; - Employme...

The European Commission has recently published its "Twelfth annual report on monitoring the application of Community law". The report covers the year 1994 and looks, in particular, at the following specific areas: - Completion of the Internal Market; - Competition; - Employment and Social Policy; - Agriculture; - Fisheries; - Environment; - Transport; - Energy. With regard to environment, the Commission sent six reasoned warnings to Member States, in 1994, for the incorrect application of Directives. The Directives which create the most difficulties are those relating to water. The countries most concerned here are Belgium, Greece, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and the United Kingdom. Nature protection is another problem area, in particular as concerns the protection of wild birds and habitats in Germany, Greece, France, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands and Spain. Problems relating to the protection of wild birds also arise in connection with the environmental impact assessment Directive, notably in Germany and Italy, but also in Greece, Portugal and Spain. Problems with the application of the waste Directive arise mainly in Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Road transport and, in particular, road safety and technical harmonization were a source of concern and Member States were well behind in transposing Directives in this area. Progress was, however, noted with regard to rail transport. In the energy sector, the rate of transposal of Directives was down on 1993 as most Member States had yet to implement two Directives (93/76/EEC and 94/2/EC) before the deadline of 31 December 1994.