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2014

The Commission has today formally requested Lithuania to bring its national law in line with the EU Energy Services Directive (2006/32/EC) as regards heat and hot-water metering and billing. Under this Directive the Member States have to ensure that final energy customers are provided with competitively priced individual meters that accurately reflect their actual consumption.

Individual metering plays a crucial role in promoting the efficient use of energy as it allows energy consumers to better monitor their individual consumption of electricity, gas, heating/cooling or hot water. Individual metering is also needed for the provision of individual billing based on actual consumption. The Directive had to be fully transposed into national law by 17 May 2008.

The Commission's request takes the form of a reasoned opinion under the EU infringement procedure. If Lithuania does not comply with its legal obligation within two months, the Commission may decide to refer it to the Court of Justice.

For more information on the Energy Services Directive: http://ec.europa.eu/energy/efficiency/end-use_en.htm

2013

The Commission has formally requested the Czech Republic and Romania to ensure full compliance with their obligations under EU legislation on energy efficiency in buildings (Directive 2010/31/EU). The Commission sent a reasoned opinion to the two Member States asking them to notify the Commission of all their transposition measures for the directive, which had to be transposed into national law by 9 July 2012. If the Member States do not comply with their legal obligation within two months, the Commission may decide to refer them to the Court of Justice. Under this directive Member States must establish and apply minimum energy performance requirements for buildings; ensure that the building's energy performance is certified and carry out regular inspections of heating and air conditioning systems. In addition, the directive requires Member States to ensure that from 2021 onwards all new buildings will be so-called nearly zero-energy buildings. In September 2012 the Commission started infringement procedures against 24 Member States (all except Denmark, Ireland and Sweden) that had not notified the Commission of national measures transposing the directive into national law. Reasoned opinions were already sent to Italy, Greece, Portugal and Bulgaria in January 2013, to Spain and Slovenia in April 2013, to Belgium, Germany, Finland, France, Latvia, Poland and the Netherlands in June 2013 and to Austria, Cyprus, Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary and the United Kingdom in September 2013. More information here: http://ec.europa.eu/energy/efficiency/buildings/buildings_en.htm

The Commission has formally requested Austria, Cyprus, Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary and the United Kingdom to ensure full compliance with their obligations under EU legislation on energy efficiency in buildings (Directive 2010/31/EU pdfpdf). The Commission sent a reasoned opinion to these Member States asking them to notify the Commission of all their transposition measures for the directive, which had to be transposed into national law by 9 July 2012. If the Member States do not comply with their legal obligation within two months, the Commission may decide to refer them to the Court of Justice. Under this directive Member States must establish and apply minimum energy performance requirements for buildings, ensure the certification of buildings' energy performance and require the regular inspection of heating and air conditioning systems. In addition, the directive requires Member States to ensure that from 2021 onwards all new buildings will be so-called nearly zero-energy buildings. In September 2012 the Commission started infringement procedures against 24 Member States that had not notified to the Commission the national measures transposing the directive into national law. Reasoned opinions were already sent to Italy, Greece, Portugal and Bulgaria in January 2013, to Spain and Slovenia in April 2013 and to Belgium, Germany, Finland, France, Latvia, Poland and the Netherlands in June 2013. More information here: http://ec.europa.eu/energy/efficiency/buildings/buildings_en.htm

Today the Commission has formally requested Belgium, Finland, France, Latvia, Germany, the Netherlands and Poland to take action and ensure full compliance with their obligations under EU legislation on energy efficiency in buildings Directive 2010/31/EU pdf). The Commission sent a reasoned opinion to these Member States asking them to notify the Commission of all their implementation measures for the directive which had to be transposed into national law by 9 July 2012. Under this law Member States must establish and apply minimum energy performance requirements for new and existing buildings, ensure the certification of buildings' energy performance and require the regular inspection of heating and air conditioning systems. In addition, the directive requires Member States to ensure that from 2021 onwards all new buildings will be so-called nearly zero-energy buildings. By properly transposing and implementing the directive EU Member States can achieve a significant amount of cost-effective energy savings and lower greenhouse gas emissions. If the Member States do not comply with their legal obligation within two months, the Commission may decide to refer them to the Court of Justice.

In September 2012 the Commission started infringement procedures against 24 Member States that had not notified to the Commission the national measures transposing the directive into national law. In the meantime a number of Member States notified the Commission of their national transposition, although several did not, and reasoned opinions were therefore sent to Italy, Greece, Portugal, and Bulgaria in January 2013, and to Spain and Slovenia in April 2013. The Commission has also decided to refer Portugal to the European Court of Justice for not adopting legislation to transpose the energy efficiency of buildings directive into national law (see IP/13/579All available translations.).

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