Numerous EU member states have failed to meet the deadline for transposing public procurement and concessions rules into national legislation. The European Commission will send a second written warning to 15 member states, as they have yet to fully transpose one or more of the three Directives on public procurement and concessions adopted in 2014 (2014/23/EU, 2014/24/EU and 2014/25/EU) into national law or have failed to report the transposition to Brussels. The deadline passed on 18 April 2016, the Commission stated on Thursday.
In the "reasoned opinions" the Commission sends, it will give the non-compliant member states two months to notify measures taken to bring national legislation in line with EU law. Should the member states fail to respond to the Commission's satisfaction, the EU body may chose to proceed to the third and final stage in infringement proceedings by referring the case to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The countries identified by the Commission were: Austria (3 Directives), Belgium (3), Bulgaria (1), Croatia (3), Cyprus (2), Estonia (3), Finland (3), Ireland (1), Latvia (3), Lithuania (3), Luxembourg (3), Portugal (3), Slovenia (1), Spain (3) and Sweden (3).