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Brussels, 29 January 2009

The Commission continues its action to ensure the implementation of the Directive on security of electricity supply

Today the Commission addressed a reasoned opinion to Sweden for not having communicated the national measures transposing the provisions of the security of supply directive. The Commission confirms its intention to follow up the implementation of internal energy market legislation and underlines the importance of the security of supply in the electricity sector.

After having sent in November 2008 reasoned opinions to Austria, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal and Romania for failure to communicate the national provisions implementing Directive 2005/89/EC[1], the Commission has today issued a reasoned opinion against Sweden. The Commission considers that the transmission of a draft law is not sufficient for Sweden to fulfill its obligation of implementing the security of electricity supply directive.

The reasoned opinion is the second step in the infringement procedure. Sweden has now two months to take the necessary measures to comply with the reasoned opinion. After that, the Commission can then decide to bring the case before the European Court of Justice.

[1] O.J. L33 of 4.02.2006.

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