infringement procedures against Ireland and Portugal

Subject: infringement procedures against Ireland and Portugal
From: Barbara Schleihagen (
Date: ti 13 huhti  1999 - 09:44:39 EEST

The Commission has decided to send reasoned opinions to Ireland and
Portugal for failure to adhere to international conventions concerning
copyright and related rights. Contracting Parties to the Agreement on the
European Economic Area Agreement (i.e. all EU Member States and Iceland,
Norway and Liechtenstein) undertook to adhere before 1 January 1995 to
inter alia the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic
Works (Paris Act, 1971) and the International Convention for the Protection
of Performers, Producers of Phonogram and Broadcasting Organisations (Rome
Convention, 1961).

However, Ireland has not yet adhered to the Paris Act and Portugal has
still not acceded to the Rome Convention. Should the Member States
concerned not respond within two months of receipt of the reasoned
opinions, the Commission may decide to refer the cases to the European
Court of Justice.

For more information, please contact:
Jens Gaster
TEL: (+32 2) 296 19 73
FAX: (+32 2) 299 30 51

(Source: Single Market News March 1999, at:

Best wishes,
Barbara Schleihagen
Barbara Schleihagen, Director
Heidi Hogan, EU Policy Officer
P.O. Box 43300
NL-2504 AH The Hague
Tel: +31-70-309 06 08
Fax: +31-70-309 07 08

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