March 27 (SeeNews) - The European Commission said on Monday that it has sent formal letters to Bulgaria as it failed to notify national measures enacting three EU directives related to drinking water, trade mark and company law.
Bulgaria along with Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden failed to notify measures transposing an updated drinking water directive, the Commission said in a statement.
The directive now includes new safety standards and introduces new provisions that require member states to improve and maintain access to drinking water. Member states had the obligation to transpose the new provisions into the national law systems by January 12.
The EC also urged Bulgaria as well as Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia to comply with a directive allowing companies to move across borders under harmonised EU rules. These new rules, which had to be adopted by January 31, 2022, will make it easier for companies to merge, divide or move within the single market, the EC said.
Finally, the country has been failing to adopt a directive aimed to harmonise trade mark procedures across the EU. The member states were required to take measures related to the directive by January 14. Apart from Bulgaria, the Commission also sent letters to Denmark, Malta, Austria, Portugal, Finland, and Slovenia.
Bulgaria and the other affected member states now have two months to reply to the letters of formal notice and complete the transposition.