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Commission requests the CZECH REPUBLIC and the NETHERLANDS to fully comply with the EPBD

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One of the key decisions taken by the European Commission regarding the Energy policy in the June infringement package in a letter of formal notice and a reasoned opinion:

The Commission has requested in the Czech Republic to correctly transpose all the requirements of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (Directive 2010/31/EU) into national law. In the EU, buildings represent 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions. The correct implementation of the Directive is essential for reaching EU energy and climate targets as well as for helping consumers save money on their energy bills and improve their comfort. Under the law, Member States must establish and apply minimum energy performance requirements for new and existing buildings, ensure the certification of buildings' energy performance, and require the regular inspection of heating and air conditioning systems. In addition, Member States have to ensure that all new buildings are 'nearly-zero energy' buildings from 2021 onwards. According to the Commission's assessment, not all the requirements of the Directive have been fulfilled. In particular, the national legislation does not yet ensure the display of energy performance certificates in buildings frequently visited by the public as required. The Czech Republic has two months to comply with their obligations; otherwise, the Commission may decide to refer the case to the Court of Justice of the EU. The Commission has also sent an additional letter of formal notice to the Netherlands formally requesting to ensure the correct implementation and application of theEnergy Performance of Buildings Directive (Directive 2010/31/EU).


(For more information: Anna-Kaisa Itkonen - tel.: +32 229 56186, Nicole Bockstaller – tel.: +32 229 52589)


June infringements package: main decisions
European Commission -  MEMO/17/1577   14/06/2017

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