On October 16th, the EU Commission has referred the Netherlands to the European Court of Justice over its failure to enact EU legislation on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes (Directive 2010/63/EU). Member States should have implemented this Directive into their national legislation for November 2012 and the Directive should have produced all its effect at the latest on January 1st 2013.
The Dutch government was already warned several time by the EU Commission, and promised that it will implement the Directive for January 2014. But finally, in reason of complications during the legislative process, the law hasn't been adopted yet. Therefore, the EU Commission decided to continue the infringement procedure opened in 2013, and brought the Case to the EU Court of Justice. The European Commission is asking the Court to impose penalty payments of EUR 51 156 per day until the law is enacted
Poland could be the next Country to be referred to the Court for failure to implement this Directive. Indeed, on the same day (October 16th), the EU Commission adressed to Poland a reasonned opinion (2nd step of the infringement procedure). If Poland fails to act within two months, the case may be referred to the EU Court of Justice.
Please read more on the enforcement of Directive 2010/63/EU on http://lawyersforanimalprotection.eu/ongoing-enforcement-activities-and-challenges/animals-in-experiments/
Read the official press release here: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-1141_en.htm