Commission Press Release (IP/02/1671), 13 November 2002
The European Commission has finalised its analysis of the French transposition law of Decision 98/256/EC as amended by Decision 98/692/EC and Decision 1999/514/EC allowing for exports of British beef under strictly regulated conditions within the framework of the so-called Date Based Export Scheme. It concluded that the French implementing law fulfilled the conditions of the EU legislation. The Commission is thus satisfied that compliance with EU law has been achieved.
The European Commission has withdrawn its application to the European Court of Justice for the imposition of a daily fine on France for failure to implement the judgment of the Court of Justice (C-1/00) of 13 of December 2001 ordering France to lift the British beef embargo.
The Commission is acting in accordance with the relevant provisions of the EC Treaty in respect of non-compliance by a Member State with its obligations.
The Commission has asked the Court to order that the costs of the case be borne by France as the French authorities have not complied with the judgment of the Court within the deadline set in the reasoned opinion.
In the light of the experience of this and other similar cases, the Commission has decided to re-examine its approach to the application of Article 228 of the EC Treaty and will return to this at a later date.
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