EU Asks Bulgaria to Comply with Rules for Energy Consumption of Buildings

Bulgaria in EU | July 23, 2016, Saturday // 10:49|  views

The European Commission has sent a reasoned opinion to Bulgaria to request the correct transposition of all the requirements of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive into national legislation.

Under Directive 2010/31/EU, Member States are required to establish and apply minimum energy performance requirements for new and existing buildings, to ensure the certification of buildings' energy performance as well as to ensure that regular inspections of heating and air conditioning systems take place.

A detailed examination of the national legislation transposing that directive has revealed that Bulgaria failed to ensure that energy performance certificates are always issued and handed to the prospective buyer or tenant for buildings or building units which are sold, constructed or rented out, the European Commission said in a statement on Friday.

Therefore, the Commission said it askedBulgaria to ensure that all the requirements of the Buildings Directive are fully met.

Bulgaria has two months to notify the European Commission of measures taken to address the issue; otherwise, the EU executive may decide to refer the country to the Court of Justice of the EU.

The reasoned opinion is the second stage of infringements procedure under the treaty on the functioning of the European Union after the formal notice and before referral to the Court of Justice.

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