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Brussels, 16 January 1997

Energy - Infringement procedures for failure to communicate national implementing measures

The Commission has decided to bring actions before the Court of Justice and to send reasoned opinions in nine cases where Member States have failed to implement Directives in the field of energy within the required time limit. The Directives concerned relate to the energy consumption of refrigerators, freezers and combined electrical appliances, the conditions for granting and using authorizations for the prospection, exploration and production of hydrocarbons, and limiting carbon dioxide emissions by improving energy efficiency (SAVE). Unless the Commission receives a satisfactory response to the reasoned opinions within two months of their receipt, it may bring these cases before the Court of Justice. After receiving notification of national measures taken to transpose Directives, the Commission also terminated twelve infringement procedures.

Prospection, exploration and production of hydrocarbons

The Commission has decided to send a reasoned opinion to Belgium as part of an infringement procedure for failing to implement Directive 94/22/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 1994.

The objective of the Directive is to establish conditions for granting and using authorizations for the prospection, exploration and production of hydrocarbons. It aims to ensure non-discriminatory access to these activities within the internal market under conditions which encourage greater competition in this sector.

The Commission has established that this Directive still has not been transposed in Belgium.

Energy consumption of refrigerators, freezers and combined electrical appliances

The Commission has decided to bring actions before the Court of Justice against Italy, Germany and Belgium for failing to implement Commission Directive 94/2/EC of 21 January 1994. The Directive introduces an obligatory system for indicating the energy consumption of certain household appliances by labelling and applies to electric mains operated household refrigerators, frozen food storage cabinets, freezers and their combinations. It is part of the SAVE programme, an action programme to promote greater energy efficiency in the Community.

Limiting carbon dioxide emissions by improving energy efficiency (SAVE)

The Commission has decided to bring actions before the Court of Justice against Luxembourg, Italy, Ireland, Spain and Greece for failing to implement Council Directive 93/76/EEC of 13 September 1993.

The objective of the Directive is to limit carbon dioxide emissions by improving energy efficiency (SAVE) (Specific Actions for Vigorous Energy Efficiency), so as to preserve the quality of the environment and to ensure prudent and rational utilization of natural resources. It states that Member States shall put into force the laws, regulations and other measures as necessary to comply with its provisions before 31 December 1994 and that they shall inform the Commission of these immediately. This deadline expired some considerable time ago.

Costas VERROS  296 56 80

Dina AVRAAM   295 96 67


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