The European Commission has formally requested Greece and Portugal to ensure the full transposition of the Energy Efficiency Directive (Directive 2012/27/EU). Under this Directive Member States must achieve certain energy savings over the period from 1 January 2014 – 31 December 2020. They have to do this by using Energy Efficiency Obligations Schemes and other targeted policy measures to drive energy efficiency improvements in households, industry and transport sectors. Energy Efficiency Obligations Schemes are mandatory for energy providers. Companies have to take measures to ensure energy savings at final customer level, for example by giving advice on installing better insulation or offering grants for replacing old energy wasting windows. The Directive had to be transposed into national law by 5 June 2014. The Commission sent today a reasoned opinion to Greece and Portugal asking them to notify the Commission of all their transposition measures for the Directive. This procedure may bring the Commission to ask financial sanctions before the Court if the Member States do not transpose the EU directive.
In addition, the Commission has also formally requested Slovenia, which has already transposed the Directive into national law, to submit a National Energy Efficiency Action Plan and long-term strategy for mobilising investment in the renovation of the national stock of residential and commercial buildings. These plans had to be sent by 30 April 2014. The Commission's request takes the form of a reasoned opinion. If Slovenia does not comply with its legal obligation within two months, the Commission may decide to refer them to the Court of Justice.
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