The lack of infrastructure for alternative fuels sends Romania to the EU Court of Justice

The European Commission (EC) decided on Thursday to send Romania along with Malta to the EU Court of Justice for failing to notify its national policy frameworks under Directive 2014/94 / EU on the installation of alternative fuels infrastructure. says a communiqué from the EC.

"National policy frameworks are the main instrument that ensures coordinated creation of sufficient infrastructure for alternative fuels, including recharging points for electric vehicles and refueling points for natural gas and hydrogen. The establishment of such frameworks also helps to avoid the fragmentation of the internal market by coordinating the introduction of alternative fuels" the EC communiqué said.

Member States were required to notify national policy frameworks to the Commission by 18 November 2016. So far, Malta and Romania have not responded to this request, although they received a letter of formal notice from the Commission and a reasoned opinion at 15 February, respectively July 13, 2017 .

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On 8 November 2017, the Commission adopted a Clean Mobility Package , aimed at strengthening the EU's leadership in the field of clean vehicles. This legislative package is a decisive step in the implementation of the EU's commitments under the Paris Agreement to reduce at least 40% of domestic CO 2 emissions by 2030.

Among other things, the package includes a comprehensive assessment of national policy frameworks, as well as an action plan and investment solutions for installing alternative fuels infrastructure in the EU.
The objective is to encourage more ambitious national plans, improve consumer information and increase investment in this area. Member States had the obligation to set up national policy frameworks defining national targets and targets, including actions and measures to support market development with regard to alternative fuels, including the installation of the necessary infrastructure.

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