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Cyprus and Luxembourg failing in protection of critical infrastructure

According to EU law, all EU member states must identify the critical infrastructure on their territory which is in need of extra protection from terrorism or natural disasters. However two EU countries do not live up to European standards in identifying such infrastructure, says the European Commission.

Yesterday, the European Commission, on the initiative of Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, requested that Cyprus and Luxembourg take action to ensure full compliance with the rules.

On 17th March 2011 the Commission sent letters of formal notice to Belgium, Cyprus, Luxembourg and Malta who had failed to communicate full legal implementation of the critical infrastructure rules. Belgium and Malta have since notified the Commission of implementing measures. As no or only partial measures have been adopted and notified to the Commission yet by the other two countries, it decided to send reasoned opinions asking them to remedy that breach of EU law (Article 258 TFEU). If action to ensure compliance is not taken, the Commission may decide to refer the Member States to the European Court of Justice, which may impose financial sanctions.

•Date: 25th November 2011 • Region: Europe •Type: Article • Topic: Critical infrastructure protection

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