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European Commission requests BULGARIA to comply with EU provisions reducing the energy consumption of buildings

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On 22 July 2016, the European Commission released a fact sheet containing its key decisions of the July infringement package. In this context, the EC has sent a reasoned opinion to Bulgaria to request the correct transposition of all the requirements of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (Directive 2010/31/EU) into national law.

 

Under this Directive, Member States are required to establish and apply minimum energy performance requirements for new and existing buildings, to ensure the certification of the energy performance of buildings, as well as to ensure that regular inspections of heating and air conditioning systems take place. A detailed examination of the national legislation transposing the Directive revealed that Bulgaria failed to ensure that energy performance certificates are always issued and handed to the prospective buyer or tenant for buildings or building units which are sold, constructed or rented out. Furthermore, the national legislation contains exemptions from the energy performance requirements, which are not foreseen in this Directive, and inconsistencies with regard to the inspection frequency requirements for heating systems. Therefore, the Commission asks the Bulgarian authorities to ensure that all the requirements of the Buildings Directive are fully met. Bulgaria has two months now to notify the European Commission of measures taken to remedy this situation; otherwise, the Commission may decide to refer it to the Court of Justice of the EU.

 

In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law. These decisions, covering various sectors and EU policy areas, aim to ensure proper application of EU law for the benefit of citizens and businesses.

 

 

For further information, please visit the relevant EC webpage at the link below.