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2013

Today the Commission has formally request Belgium and Estonia to take action to ensure full compliance with EU rules on renewables. The European Commission has sent reasoned opinions to Belgium and Estonia for not informing the Commission about the full transposition of the Renewable Energy Directive (Directive 2009/28/EC) pdf. The Renewable Energy Directive had to be implemented by Member States by 5 December 2010. However, Belgium and Estonia have not informed the Commission of all the necessary transposition measures for fully transposing the Directive into their national legislation. If the two Member States do not comply with their legal obligation within two months, the Commission may decide to refer them to the Court of Justice. These two reasoned opinions complement similar procedures involving Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Poland, Slovenia, Latvia and the Netherlands.  More information here: http://ec.europa.eu/energy/renewables/targets_en.htm

2013

The Commission has formally requested Italy and Spain to take action and ensure full compliance with EU rules on renewable energy. The Commission has sent a reasoned opinion to these countries for not informing the Commission about the full transposition of the Renewables Directive (Directive pdfpdf2009/28/EC pdfpdf). The law had to be implemented by Member States by 5 December 2010. However, Italy and Spain have not informed the Commission of all the necessary transposition measures for fully transposing the Directive into their national legislation. If the two Member States do not comply with their legal obligation within two months, the Commission may decide to refer them to the Court of Justice. These two reasoned opinions complement 17 similar procedures involving Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Slovenia, Latvia and the Netherlands. According to the Directive, every Member State has to reach individual targets for the overall share of renewable energy in energy consumption. For reaching these targets, Member States have to lay down rules, for example, for improving the grid access for electricity from renewable energy, the administrative and planning procedures, information and training of installers. In addition, where biofuels are used to achieve the transport target, these must meet a set of sustainability requirements, which also need to be included in national legislation. More information here: http://ec.europa.eu/energy/renewables/targets_en.htm

 

Background

The Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC) had to be implemented by Member States by 5 December 2010. Its timely transposition is a priority for the Commission since unnecessary delays in implementation may jeopardize the achievement of the EU renewable energy objective.

The EU has committed itself to reach a 20% share of renewable energy in final energy consumption and a 10% share of renewable energy in transport. The regulatory framework laid down by the Renewable Energy Directive is a key element for reaching these objectives.

According to the Directive, every Member State has to reach individual targets for the overall share of renewable energy in energy consumption. To this end, Member States have to lay down rules, for example for improving the grid access for electricity from renewable energy, the administrative and planning procedures, information and training of installers. In addition, where biofuels are used to achieve the transport target, these must meet a set of sustainability requirements, which also need to be included in national legislation.

Ongoing procedures involve Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Malta, Poland, Slovenia, Austria, Bulgaria, Luxembourg and Hungary.

Further information
Text of the Renewable Energy Directive here pdf.

Web page on renewable energy:
http://ec.europa.eu/energy/infringements/proceedings/renewables_en.htm
Current figures on infringements in general:
http://ec.europa.eu/eu_law/infringements/infringements_en.htm


2012

Infringement decisions of 21/11/2012
Renewables energy: Legislation in Hungary and Luxembourg still not in line with EU rulesAll available translations.

Infringement decisions of 27/09/2012
Renewables: Legislation in Austria and Bulgaria still not in line with EU rulesAll available translations.

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