Adris, Koncar, Podravka boost Croatia’s share indices
Bulgaria's TPP Bobov Dol 9-mo cons net profit surges 142% y/y
Romanian stock indices start week in the green, Sphera shines
Romania eyes over 8 GW installed PV capacity by 2030 - president
Sofia bourse indices reverse losses amid soaring turnover
Jul 18, 2022 16:33 EEST
July 18 (SeeNews) - Bulgaria may be taken to the EU Court of Justice should it fail to appropriately enshrine in its legislation recommended measures to protect whistleblowers who disclose breaches of EU law, the European Commission said.
Bulgaria is among 15 EU member states that have not acted after receiving formal notice from the Commission in January for failing to transpose the EU directive on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law, the Commission said in a statement on Friday.
The deadline for transposing the recommendations into national law expired on December 17, 2021.
Bulgaria and 14 more member states that have yet to adopt transposition measures have two months to reply to the Commission's reasoned opinions, otherwise the EU executive body may decide to refer the countries to the EU Court of Justice as a next step in the infringement procedure, the Commission added.
In its 2022 Rule of Law report issued last week, the Commission cited the protection of whistleblowers as one of the areas of concern in Bulgaria, along with inadequate regulation of lobbying and the need for more sound mechanisms for the prosecution of high-level corruption cases.
The other 14 member states that have not yet transposed the directive on whistleblower protection are Czechia, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia and Spain.
Bulgaria also has two months to comply with recommendations of amending national laws to reflect minimum energy performance requirements for new buildings, electro-mobility and recharging points as well as new rules on the inspection of heating and air-conditioning systems.
In addition, Bulgaria must bring its legislation in line with EU laws on the protection of animals used for scientific or educational purpose as well as on measures to avoid accidental catches of protected species such as dolphins by fishing vessels.
You have run out of free articles this month.
Sign up in for
and get ten (10) free articles per month or sign up for
and get unlimited access.
Browse our free newsletter options