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Belgium : Internal energy market: Commission refers Romania to Court for failing to fully transpose EU rules.

The European Commission is referring Romania to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to fully transpose the EU internal energy market rules. To date, Romania has only partially transposed the Electricity and Gas Directives. However, Member States should already have fully transposed these Directives by 3 March 2011.

"Internal market is vital for tackling Europe's energy and climate challenges and to ensure affordable and secure energy supplies to households and businesses. Delays in implementation of the EU Internal Energy Market rules have negative effects on all players and are therefore not acceptable," said Gunther Oettinger, the EU Energy Commissioner."

Romania has already adopted a considerable amount of legislation required by the electricity and gas Directives. However, some provisions still remain to be transposed into national law. In particular, these provisions relate to the protection of consumers and some duties for Energy Regulator. Ensuring proper protection for energy consumers as well as clearly spelled-out tasks for the Energy Regulator are priorities for the Commission.

For each partially transposed Directive, the Commission proposes a daily penalty of 30228,48. The level of this penalty is set taking into account the duration and the gravity of the infringement. In case of an affirmative judgement of the Court, the daily penalty is to be paid from the date of the judgment until the transposition is completed. The final amount of the daily penalties will be decided by the Court.

The Commission sent to Romania letters of formal notice concerning the transposition of the two Directives in September 2011. Reasoned opinions followed in February 2012. Despite these proceedings, full transposition is still pending.

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