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PR(06)45: Liechtenstein and Norway fail to implement rules on energy performance of buildings


The EFTA Surveillance Authority today delivered reasoned opinions to Liechtenstein and Norway because of the two countries’ failure to implement Directive 2002/91/EC on the energy performance of buildings. The Directive should have been implemented in national law by 4 January 2006. The aim of the Directive is to reduce energy consumption by obliging the EEA States to lay down minimum energy performance standards and apply those for new buildings and for existing buildings above a certain size.

The purpose of a reasoned opinion is to give the State in question a last chance to take corrective measures before the Authority decides whether to bring the matter before the EFTA Court. Liechtenstein and Norway have been given three months to take the measures necessary to comply with the reasoned opinion.

For further information, please contact:
Mr. Hallgrímur Ásgeirsson
Director of Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 60

7 November 2006

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