Today, EU Commission has announced that a reasoned opinion (second step of the infringement procedure) has been sent to Hungary regarding the transposition of the Directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.
The deadline for transposition of this Directive was planned for 10 November 2012.
On 31 January 2013, the infringement procedure has been initiated against Hungary by sending a letter of formal notice. In March 2013, Hungary informed EU Commission that the Directive has been transposed into Hungarian national law, but the EU Commission estimate that the transposition was uncomplete, especially regarding the protection of primates used for scientific purposes.
Hungary has now two months to bring evidences to the EU Commission that the Hungarian law is properly transposing the Directive, otherwise the matter could be referred to the EU Court of Justice.
This is the second infringement procedure opened against Hungary for non transposition of EU animal welfare legislation. Indeed, in March 2012, an infringement procedure has been opened against Hungary for infringing the Laying Hens Directive.
More information on the infringement procedure open here: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-470_en.htm?locale=en