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Parliament considers the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive to be contrary to the principle of subsidiarity

Published 3/17/2022 5:50 PM

​Plenary Hall

Parliament considers the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive to be contrary to the principle of subsidiarity

​On 17 March, Parliament decided to issue a reasoned opinion on the basis of Grand Committee report. The Committee proposed that Parliament adopts a reasoned opinion stating that the recast Commission proposal for Energy Performance of Buildings Directive [COM (2021) 802] infringes the principle of subsidiarity.

The Grand Committee considered the proposal for a directive from the point of view of the principle of subsidiarity on the proposal of the Environment Committee. The Environment Committee assessed the subsidiarity of the proposal in terms of whether its objectives could be better achieved through energy efficiency improvements decided at national level.

The Grand Committee states, inter alia, that the targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption in buildings by 2030 as well as ensuring the EU's 2050 climate neutrality target, can be achieved more effectively and appropriately at national level. The proposal for a directive needs to be developed so that the energy efficiency targets set out in the directive can be implemented as efficiently and flexibly as possible, the Grand Committee states.

The previous reasoned opinion on the principle of subsidiarity was issued by Parliament in 2013.​

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