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EC requests ESTONIA and POLAND to fully transpose the EU Energy Efficiency Directive

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On 29 September 2016, the European Commission (EC) requested Estonia and Poland to ensure the full transposition of the Energy Efficiency Directive (Directive 2012/27/EU).

 

Under this Directive, Member States (MS) must achieve certain energy savings from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2020. MS have to do this by using Energy Efficiency Obligations Schemes and/or other targeted policy measures to drive energy efficiency improvements in households, buildings, industry, and transport sectors. The Directive had to be transposed into national law by 5 June 2014.

 

The Commission has sent additional reasoned opinions to Estonia and Poland, as gaps in the national legislation which transposes the Directive were identified. EC continues to monitor the transposition and implementation of the Directive and will address any shortcomings in the future.

 

Estonia and Poland have two months to comply with their obligations, after which the Commission may decide to refer these MS to the Court of Justice of the EU.

 

 

Background

 

To help citizens and businesses benefit fully from the internal market, the European Commission continuously engages with and, if necessary, initiates infringement procedures against MS which do not respect European law. EC also closes pending cases where the MS concerned, in cooperation with the Commission, has solved the problem and ensured compliance with EU law, thus rendering a referral to the Court of Justice of the EU unnecessary.