Article 10 of Directive 2010/31/EU (EPBD recast), requires for Member States to outline the existing and proposed measures and instruments including those of financial nature, which promote the objectives of the Directive. These lists should be updated and communicated to the Commission every three years. Member States can communicate these lists through the Energy Efficiency Action Plans (EEAP) referred to initially in Article 14(2) of Directive 2006/32/EC. (NOTE: Currently directive 2012/27/EU is in force, amending Directives 2009/125/EC and 2010/30/EU and repealing Directives 2004/8/EC and 2006/32/EC Text with EEA relevance)
The existing and proposed measures listed by Member States "may include, in particular, measures that aim to reduce existing legal and market barriers and encourage investments and/or other activities to increase the energy efficiency of new and existing buildings, thus potentially contributing to reducing energy poverty. Such measures could include, but should not be limited to, free or subsidised technical assistance and advice, direct subsidies, subsidised loan schemes or low interest loans, grant schemes and loan guarantee schemes. The public authorities and other institutions which provide those measures of a financial nature could link the application of such measures to the indicated energy performance and the recommendations from energy performance certificates."
National Energy Efficiency Action plans must be drawn periodically.