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European Commission requests AUSTRIA and the UNITED KINGDOM to comply with Energy Efficiency in Buildings Directive

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In June 2015, the European Commission (EC) requested Austria to fully transpose the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) into national law.


In July 2014, the Commission decided to refer Austria to the EU Court of Justice. Shortly afterwards, Austria adopted a number of measures to transpose the Directive. However, it appears that a few of the Directive’s provisions have still not been transposed, Therefore, the EC has sent an additional reasoned opinion to Austria, asking it to fully transpose the Directive. The additional reasoned opinion suspends the decision to refer Austria to Court.


Furthermore, the EC received a complaint regarding a potential lack of compliance by the United Kingdom for the issuing and display of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) in public buildings. The system of penalties and controls for the display of the EPCs introduced by the UK appears insufficient to ensure compliance with the obligations of the Directive. Therefore, the Commission has sent a reasoned opinion to the UK, asking to fully ensure that EPCs are displayed in accordance with the EPBD.


Austria and the UK have now two months to notify the Commission of measures taken to remedy this situation. Otherwise, the Commission may decide to refer these countries to the EU Court of Justice.



For further information, please visit the relevant European Commission website.