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Article 260 cases against Portugal from 2007 to 2015

This statistic shows the number of Article 260 cases taken by the European Commission against Portugal from 2007 to 2015. 2012 was the busiest year for Portugal with regard to Article 260 matters, with six Article 260 matters recorded by the European Commission.

Article 260 cases commenced by the European Commission against Portugal 2007 to 2015

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Source

Release date

January 2016

Region

Portugal

Survey time period

2007 to 2015

Supplementary notes

Data for 2007 to 2014 is available here.

The European Commission's obligations under Article 17(1) of the Treaty on European Union make the Commission responsible for monitoring compliance with more than 200 pieces of environmental legislation in 27 Member States. Where the European Commission suspects a breach of environmental legislation by an EU Member State, the Commission has the authority to commence legal proceedings in the European Court of Justice.

An Article 260 case is commenced when a Member State fails to comply with an earlier judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union. If that Member State fails to comply with the judgment, the European Commission will bring proceedings back before the Court, which may eventually impose fines on that Member State.

The conditions of the infringement procedure are detailed in Article 258 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

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