Poland and Cyprus face court over 20% target

Günther Oettinger says it is vital to enforce renewables legislation

Günther Oettinger says it is vital to enforce renewables legislation

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 Günther Oettinger.

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 Log in to read complete article.

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