Greece fined with €3 mil. for late imposition of the directive on compensation to crime victims

April 3, 2011 at 11:04 pm Leave a comment

On 31 March 2011 the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that Greece must pay a lump sum fine of €3 million for late transposition of Directive 2004/80/EC relating to compensation to crime victims. Greece was notified but did not respond on time and was sued in 2007 when the court found a breach of the transposition time limit. It wasn’t until end of 2009 when Greece transposed the directive with a new law.

The CJEU reasons that circumstances such as long legislative process and early elections cannot be accepted as exoneration of the duty to transpose EU secondary legislation. Moreover, the sheer length of the  delay (29 months) as well as the adverse effect of the breach on the realisation of the freedom of movement of persons in an area of freedom, security and justice justifies steep sanctions.

Read here the CJEU judgementin in Case C-407/09 Commission v Greece

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Entry filed under: Access to Justice, Greece, Human Rights, Tort Compensation.

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