Energy

November 2015: Commission requests France and the Netherlands to fully transpose the EU Energy Efficiency Directive

November 2015: Commission requests France and the Netherlands to fully transpose the EU Energy Efficiency Directive

The European Commission has requested France andthe Netherlands to ensure the full transposition of the Energy Efficiency Directive (Directive 2012/27/EU). Under this Directive, Member States must achieve energy savings from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2020. They 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 buildings and transport. The Directive had to be transposed into national law by 5 June 2014. Today, the Commission sent reasoned opinions to France and to the Netherlands as the Commission identified gaps in the national legislation which transposes the Directive. The Commission continues to monitor the transposition and implementation of the Directive and will address any shortcomings in the future. The two Member States have now two months to comply with their obligations, after which the Commission may decide to refer these Member States to the Court of Justice of the EU and ask for financial penalties. For an overview of the currently pending procedures aiming at ensuring complete transposition of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive by Member States, see Annex II. More information about the Energy Efficiency Directive is available on the website of DG Energy.