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EU Commission slaps Cyprus wrist in November infringements package.

Cyprus features in the European Commission's 'naughty list' for November on the transposition of the acquis communautaire as regards the areas of climate, environment, home affairs, internal market & services and taxation.

In particular the European Commission has decided to send to Belgium, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland and Romania an official request for information on national legislation restricting the supply of gambling services.

It has also requested Austria, Cyprus, Hungary, Ireland, Sweden and Slovenia to adopt the necessary measures to fully transpose Directive 2009/31/EC on the geological storage of CO2 (so-called "CCS Directive").

To date, these Member States have not notified complete transposing measures and the Commission is therefore asking them, in a Reasoned Opinion (the second stage in EU infringement proceedings), to comply with EU law.

The Commission has also formally requested Cyprus, Spain, Italy and Luxembourg, to ensure full compliance with their obligations under EU legislation on human trafficking.

More than 6 months after the deadline for transposing Directive 2011/36/EU, and despite letters of formal notice sent on 29 May 2013, these countries have still not notified the Commission of national measures taken to enact EU rules, the EU Commission says.

The Commission is therefore sending reasoned opinions. If the Member States do not comply with their legal obligation within two months, the Commission may decide to refer them to the Court of Justice.

The European Commission urges Cyprus to send details about how EU legislation on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment is being enacted in its domestic law.

Cyprus, the Commission points out, has failed to enact technical measures on exemptions for certain equipment containing cadmium.

The Directive had to be enacted in national legislation by 2 January 2013 and after Cyprus missed the original deadline, the Commission sent a letter of formal notice on 21 March 2013.

"As the shortcomings have still not been corrected, the Commission is sending a reasoned opinion", the Commission says, adding that "if Cyprus fails to act within two months, the case may be referred to the EU Court of Justice".

Cyprus also is requested to implement Directive 2008/6/EC otherwise known as the Postal Directive.

The Commission`s request takes the form of a reasoned opinion under EU infringement procedures. If no measures are notified to put an end to the violation of EU law within two months, the Commission may decide to refer Cyprus to the EU Court of Justice.

Finally the Commission formally requests Cyprus, via a Reasoned Opinion, to transpose EU rules on VAT invoicing into national law.

The new rules regulating VAT invoicing, in the form of Directive 2010/45/EU entered into force on 1 January 2013.

Member States were obliged to transpose this Directive by the beginning of 2013, but Cyprus has not notified the Commission of any measures it has taken to do so.

In the absence of a satisfactory response within two months, the Commission may refer Cyprus to the EU`s Court of Justice, the Commission warns

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