Poland and Cyprus face court over 20% target

The European Commission (EC) has referred Poland and Cyprus to the European Court of Justice for failing to honour a directive that aims to ensure they get 20% of their energy from renewables by 2020.

The commission has proposed financial penalties for both countries. It recommends a daily penalty of €13,322.80 ($17,290) for Poland and €11,204.80 for Cyprus.

“We are committed to reaching our energy and climate targets by 2020. To this end, the enforcement of the renewable-energy legislation in all the member states is vital,” says EU Energy Commissioner GüntherOettinger.

The EC says it raised the issues with both countries in 2011 and again in 2012. The Lisbon Treaty, which came into force in 2009, gave the commission the authority to seek financial sanctions for members that fail to incorporate EU legislation into national law.

It says the penalties proposed take into account the duration and gravity of the infringement. The final amount of the daily penalties will be decided by the court.

The commission is also examining the situation in other member states to which it has writen letters of formal notice. It warns that it might take more countries to court over the next few months.