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Belgium : Renewable Energy: Commission refers Poland and Cyprus to Court for failing to transpose EU rules.

The European Commission is referring Poland and Cyprus to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to transpose the Renewable Energy Directive. The Directive aims at ensuring a 20% share of renewable energy in the EU by 2020. The Directive had to be transposed by the Member States by 5 December 2010.

"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. Renewables are a solution to global climate change, European economic growth, and security of supply issues," said Commissioner Oettinger, the EU Energy Commissioner.

For Poland, the Commission proposes a daily penalty of 133228,80. For Cyprus, the Commission proposes a daily penalty of 11404,80.

The penalties proposed take 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 has addressed the issue of non-transposition of the Directive by sending a letter of formal notice to Poland in January 2011 and to Cyprus in November 2011. A reasoned opinion was sent to Poland in March 2012 and to Cyprus in June 2012. Despite these proceedings, transposition is still pending in these Member States.

The Commission is also examining the situation in other Member States to which it has addressed letters of formal notice and/or reasoned opinions for failing to transpose the Renewable Energy Directive. Therefore, today's Commission action might be complemented by further referrals to the Court over the next months.

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