EU Commission calls on BELGIUM and GREECE to fully transpose and implement EU rules on forensic service providers

The European Commission has decided to address today a letter of formal notice to Belgium and a reasoned opinion to Greece for the non-communication of national measures to implement the Framework Decision on the Accreditation of forensic service providers carrying out laboratory activities (Council Framework Decision 2009/905/JHA).

These EU rules allow for intensified exchange of forensic information and ensure that the results of laboratory activities carried out by accredited forensic service providers in one Member State are recognised by the law enforcement authorities in other Member States, making their work more effective.

Member States agreed to transpose these rules and communicate national transposition measures by 30 May 2016.

Belgium and Greece now have four months to notify the Commission of measures taken to ensure full implementation of the Framework Decision.

Otherwise, the Commission may decide to send a reasoned opinion to Belgium and to refer Greece to the Court of Justice of the EU.

Adalbert Jahnz

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