European Union launches infringement proceedings against Britain

Friday, 15 November 2019

European Union leaders have asked Britain to select a candidate and made this a condition of granting a Brexit extension until January 31, 2020 when they met month ago.

Brussels: The European Commission has sent a letter of formal notice to United Kingdom for breaching the European Union (EU) Treaty obligations by not suggesting a candidate for the post of EU commissioner, the Commission said in a statement.

The decision on Thursday is seen as a response to the letter from British Ambassador to the European Union Tim Barrow Wednesday, in which he stated that London will not nominate an EU commissioner until after its December 12 national election, Xinhua news agency reported.

Each of EU's Twenty eight  member states is required to nominate an EU commissioner to serve with  in the European Commission.

European Union leaders have asked Britain to select a candidate and made this a condition of granting a Brexit extension until January 31, 2020 when they met month ago.

But for Britain, it is believed that the govt. should not set forward candidates for senior international appointments, as well as to European institutions, during an election period.

Barrow's letter raises the possibility of a extra  delay in the new European Commission taking office.

Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen and her new College of Commissioners was initially scheduled to take office on November 1.

The UK authorities have until November 22 at the latest to provide their views, to make sure that the next Commission could enter into office as soon as possible. If no observations are submitted within this time limit, the Commission may, if appropriate, issue a Reasoned Opinion.

If the Commission concludes that the nation is failing to fulfil its obligations under EU law, it’s going to send a Reasoned Opinion: a formal request to comply with EU law. It explains why the Commission considers that the country is breaching EU law.

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