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Commission Lashes Out at Member States

The European Commission on Wednesday lashed out at no fewer than 11 EU member states for not implementing EU laws. Only Germany, Denmark, Austria and Italy escaped the threat of legal action.

The European Commission on Wednesday lashed out at no fewer than 11 EU member states for failing to implement EU laws. Only Germany, Denmark, Austria and Italy escaped the wrath of the Commission, which is still smarting over recent defeats on company takeover laws and the rules governing the euro. France and Ireland face the possibility of daily fines from the European Court of Justice in Luxemboug because they still haven't entered a 1998 European directive on recognition of lawyers' qualifications into their national laws. Meanwhile, another nine EU Member States are in hot water for failing to implement EU rules on copyright that were agreed to in 2001. The Commission is referring them to the Court of Justice as well. Separately, Greece and Finland face legal action for not bringing their legislation into line with a directive on financial services. ( EUobserver.com)