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European Commission

Press release

Brussels, 16 April 2014

Climate change: Commission refers Poland to Court for failure to comply with EU laws on fluorinated greenhouse gases

The European Commission has decided to refer Poland to the EU Court of Justice for failing to notify to the Commission what penalties have been put in place in case the EU rules for companies and personnel undertaking certain activities with fluorinated gases are not observed. Poland has also not yet notified the national certification bodies that should train and certify the relevant service personnel and service companies.

The Commission sent Poland a reasoned opinion on this matter in November 2012. Since then, the awaited notifications have still not been made to the Commission.

The European Commission has therefore decided to refer the case to the Court of Justice.


Regulation 842/2006 requires companies to take a range of measures to reduce leaks from equipment containing fluorinated gases (F-gases including HFCs) and to recover the gases at the end of the equipment's lifetime.

The Regulation also establishes rules on training and certification for personnel involved in servicing equipment, labelling of F-gas equipment, reporting on production, imports and exports of F-gases as well as some bans in specific areas. These are important measures to limit the emissions of the strongly climate-warming F-gases to the atmosphere and thus prevent further global warming.

For more information:

On fluorinated greenhouse gases:

See also:

On the April infringement package decisions, see MEMO/14/293

On the general infringement procedure, see MEMO/12/12

For more information on infringement procedures:

For current statistics on infringements in general, see:


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