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Energy Efficiency in Buildings: EC requests that the United Kingdom and the Netherlands comply with their obligations under the EU legislation on energy efficiency in buildings

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Energy Efficiency in Buildings: EC has requested that the United Kingdom and th

The Commission has requested the Netherlands and the United Kingdom to ensure that performance certificates are always provided when a building is sold or rented. Issuing an energy performance certificate is one of the key requirements of the EU energy efficiency in buildings legislation (Directive 2010/31/EU). These infringements concern the incorrect implementation of the requirements for the issuing of Energy Performance Certificates. The certificate seeks to inform buyers and tenants about the energy efficiency class of their building and provides an incentive to lower the energy consumption of buildings. These requests take the form of reasoned opinions under the EU infringement procedure. In the absence of a satisfactory response within two months, the Commission may refer these two Member States to the Court of Justice. The Commission has also sent to the Netherlands in June 2013, and to the UK in September 2013, a reasoned opinion asking them to transpose all the provisions of the energy efficiency in buildings directive into national law. More information here:

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November infringements package: main decisions
European Commission - MEMO/13/1005   20/11/2013

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