Eight EU countries are being taken to court by the European Commission for failing to transpose a maritime safety law agreed following the Erika and Prestige oil tanker spills. The 2002 directive established an EU-wide traffic monitoring and information system to help authorities respond to incidents, accidents and potentially dangerous situations (EED 03/10/02). Member states were required to transpose the law by 5 February this year. Belgium, Greece, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Finland and the UK have still not confirmed that they have done so. See press release.
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