The infringement proceedings against Paris concern apparent violations of EU rules on money laundering, the environment and waste. Eurocrats are currently working on nearly 2,000 open infringement cases against EU member states as part of a crackdown on alleged violators. Angela Merkel’s Germany also raised legal challenges from the European Commission.
Poland and Hungary, considered the most contentious members of the EU, have a total of 150 open cases against them for apparent violations.
Due to the hangover of Britain’s departure from the EU, Eurocrats are still working on 94 open infringement cases for alleged rule violations while they were still members of the bloc.
The figures emerged after EU boss Ursula von der Leyen announced that the bloc would take action against Britain for an alleged violation of the Withdrawal Agreement.
The president of the European Commission said the government’s internal market bill was “inherently a breach of good faith” signed as part of last year’s divorce pact.
She added that if adopted in its current form, the legislation would be “in total contradiction” to the Northern Ireland Protocol.
“We called on our British friends to remove the problematic parts of their internal market bill by the end of September,” she said.
“This bill is inherently a violation of the duty of good faith set out in the Withdrawal Agreement. Moreover, if adopted as is, it will be in total contradiction to the Ireland / Northern Ireland Protocol.
“The deadline expired on Wednesday. The problematic provisions were not deleted. This is why the Commission decided this morning to send a letter of formal notice to the UK government – this is the first step in an infringement procedure. ”
Responding to the announcement, the French Minister for Europe Clément Beaune declared: “Faced with the non-respect of the commitments by the British, the European Union is taking legal action. Respect for the law and the word given is a condition of trust. ”
Downing Street has defended its legislation, insisting it is a ‘safety net’ to protect Northern Ireland’s place in the UK.
No insider has quietly dismissed the Commission’s decision to take legal action.
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Former Brexit Party MEP Rupert Lowe said: “We know they are a ‘do as I say, not what I do’ group.
“It is the nature of the beast. ”
And Brexit Party colleague Alexandra Phillips added: “The EU has had infringement proceedings against every member state at one point or another.”