FRANCE: The European Commission has called on France to comply with the F-gas regulations or risk court action.

19388185_lFrance has so far failed to indicate to the Commission which national bodies should certify companies recovering F-gases from equipment.

The European Commission has now issued a Reasoned Opinion (the second stage in EU infringement proceedings), asking France to comply with these rules.

The European infringements procedure has three stages: formal notice, reasoned opinion and referral to the Court. The initial letter of formal notice requests a Member State to submit its observations on an identified problem regarding the application of EU law within a given time limit. The reasoned opinion is to set out the Commission’s position on the infringement and to determine the subject matter of any action, requesting the Member State to comply within a given time limit.