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Failure to implement Directive

Submitted by: MikeC (Admin) on 29-Feb-08 02:10:06 PM

The European Commission has initiated court proceedings against the United Kingdom today for failing to notify the Commission that the requirements of the 2002 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) had been adequately implemented.

Failing to notify

According to eGov monitor, the Commission issued a "Formal Notice" to the UK back in February 2006, followed by a "Reasoned Opinion" in October 2006, asking the Govt. to "urgently" clarify their progress on implementing the Directive.

The Commission is now claiming that the Govt. failed to provide information that "convincingly demonstrates" they have fully implemented the measures necessary.

Their particular gripes surround the implementation of the Directive in Gibraltar; and the provisions related to energy performance certificates, and on the inspection of boilers and air conditioning systems in Northern Ireland.

The deadline set by the EPBD was January 2006, although there are possible deadline extensions available for certain articles until January 2009.

Belgium is also in the dock for failing to notify also.

More at eGov monitor

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