Court room European Court of JusticeEUROPE: Poland and Austria are the latest EU countries to face fines for failing to fully implement the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. 

Under this Directive, member states were required to establish and apply minimum energy performance requirements for all buildings, ensure the certification of buildings’ energy performance and require the regular inspection of heating and air conditioning systems. The Directive had to be transposed into national law by July 9, 2012.

Although the penalty amount will be decided by the court, the Commission has proposed a daily penalty of €96,720 for Poland and €39,592.80 for Austria.

The failure to comply includes measures relating to energy certificates, minimum energy performance requirements and nearly-zero energy buildings.

In April, Finland and Belgium were referred to court under the same directive and the Commission is currently also examining the situation in Slovenia, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy and Czech Republic.

Further reading:

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