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Poland and Finland referred to EU court for missing energy market directives

21 Nov 2012 15:28:36 | edem esgm

The European Commission has referred Poland and Finland to the Court of the Justice of the EU for failing to legislate on internal energy market rules, it emerged on Wednesday.

Poland has only partially incorporated a gas directive into national law, even though the deadline for this was 3 March 2011. The Commission has already referred Poland to the court for only partially transposing a sister electricity directive (see EDEM 24 October 2012).

The Commission has also referred Finland to the court as it has failed to pass laws on either directive. "Enforcement of the internal energy market legislation is vital for the completion of the single market," energy commissioner Günther Oettinger said.

The Commission has proposed a daily fine of €88,819.20 for Poland. For Finland, a fine of €32,140.80 was proposed for the failure to transpose the electricity directive and €28,569.60 for the gas directive. The daily fines will start to accumulate from the date of the court's final ruling on the matter, should it find in favour of the Commission, until the countries fully transpose the directives.

A spokeswoman for the Polish economy ministry said the bill to transpose the directive is awaiting approval from a governmental committee that deals with EU affairs. ICIS is awaiting a response from Finland regarding its progress on implementing the directives.

In 2011, the EU set an objective to complete an internal energy market by 2014, although this month the Commission warned that "nationally inspired policies" of member states could delay the integration (see EDEM 15 November 2012). FOR

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