Saturday, March 07, 2009

Surprise, Surprise: Poland is bad boy of new EU member states

A report by the European Commission says that Poland has 65 legal proceedings against it for breaking EU laws.

The figure puts Poland well ahead of fellow 2004 entrants and makes Warsaw the worst behaved of the 10 countries that joined the bloc four years ago.

Poland has broken EC rules on, among others, telecommunications law, VAT rates, public procurement of automated radar coastal surveillance equipment, patent law, emergency call centre rules and money laundering law.

Bulgaria is catching up fast, however, with 20 proceedings currently in process against it after joining the EU as late as 2007.

The infringements, concerned with creating single markets in the 27 nation bloc, are most often broken by Spain, Italy and Greece.