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Energy from renewable sources: Commission urges Romania to transpose the Renewable Energy Directive

May 26, 2022

*Energy from renewable sources: The Commission urges Croatia, the cirp, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal and Romania to transpose the Renewable Energy Directive.   The Commission decided today, 19 May, to send reasoned opinions to Croatia, Cyprus, Germany ,  Greece , Hungary , Ireland, Luxembourg ,Poland , Portugal and  Romania  for failing to fully transpose EU rules on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources laid down in Directive (EU) 2018/2001.   This Directive provides the legal framework for the development of renewable energy in the EU electricity, heating and cooling and transport sectors. The Directive sets out the establishment of an EU binding 2030 target of at least 32 % of renewable energy and includes measures to ensure that support for renewable energy is cost-effective, as well as to simplify administrative procedures for renewable energy projects.   It also facilitates citizens’ participation in the energy transition and sets specific targets to increase the share of renewable energy in the heating and cooling and transport sectors by 2030. In addition, it strengthens the criteria for ensuring the sustainability of bioenergy. The deadline for transposing that Directive into national law was 30 June 2021.   In July 2021, the Commission sent a letter of formal notice to all those Member States. So far, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Portugal and Romania have failed to provide the Commission with clear and precise information on the national provisions transposing each provision of the Directive and Cyprus, Greece, Ireland and Luxembourg have only partially notified the national measures transposing the Directive.   They now have two months to comply with the transposition obligation and to notify the Commission. Otherwise, the Commission may decide to refer those cases to the Court of Justice of the European Union.   Context With its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission (‘the Commission’) seeks to sue Member States that have failed to fulfil their obligations under EU law. These decisions, covering various EU sectors and policy areas, aim to ensure the proper application of EU law for the benefit of citizens and businesses.

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