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Firearms: European Commission Decides to refer Sweden to the Court of Justice of the European Union for Failing to Transpose EU rules


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Today, the European Commission decided to refer Sweden to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to fully transpose EU rules on the technical specifications for alarm and signal weapons.

The Commission Implementing Directive (EU) 2019/68 sets common technical standards for alarm and signal weapons, as is required under the Firearms Directive (Directive (EU) 2021/555). Its objective is to ensure that firearms and their essential components, whether part of a firearm or placed separately on the market, have a clear, permanent and unique marking. This marking aims to increase the traceability of firearms and their essential components and to facilitate their free movement.

Sweden failed to fully transpose the Directive by the deadline of 17 January 2020.  The total lack of transposition by Sweden endangers the Directive’s objective of enhancing public security across the Union. The Commission launched the infringement procedure against Sweden in May 2020 by sending a letter of formal notice and followed up with a reasoned opinion in February 2022. 

On 9 June 2023, Swedish authorities communicated to the Commission a draft law that aims to transpose the Commission Implementing Directive. However, this law has not been adopted yet. For this reason, the Commission decided to refer the case to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Source : EC. Europe

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