Parliament to transpose EU energy efficiency directive before summer

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The Hungarian Parliament expects to transpose the European Union’s energy efficiency directive into Hungarian law during its spring session, Hungarian economy daily Napi Gazdaság reported today, citing the National Development Ministry (NFM). The paper added that the deadline for complying with EU law on the matter was last summer.

Based on the decision regarding the key issues related to the transposition of the energy efficiency directive the government made in December, the ministry is working on a legislative package including the energy efficiency act and the related government and ministerial decrees. The ministry expects the draft legislative package to be issued for social consultation soon.

Among other provisions, the directive stipulates that the energy systems of 3% of public buildings must be upgraded every year, and that service providers must achieve new savings amounting to 1.5% of the energy they sell to the final energy user annually, Hungarian news agency cited the daily.

The European Commission said in early March that it had launched an infringement procedure against Hungary – among other member states – because its energy regulations fail to comply with European Union law, MTI added.

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