EC steps up infringement proceedings against Bulgaria concerning drivers licences, rail safety

The European Commission has sent reasoned opinions to Bulgarian authorities in three infringement proceedings for failure to fully transpose EU laws into national legislation in areas ranging from drivers licences to rail safety and recent changes to the harmful organisms directive.

Reasoned opinions are the second stage of infringement procedures that the EC can launch against member states, which gives Bulgaria two months to inform the Commission of the measures taken to address the issue. Failure to respond could lead to the EC referring the cases to the European Court of Justice.

On the issue of drivers licences, Bulgaria was one of 18 EU member states asked to “correctly implement” the updated EU directive on this issue, meant to reduce the possibility of fraud, reinforce the freedom of movement and safety on European roads.

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