On 5 September, the Energy Community Secretariat initiated an ex officio dispute settlement procedure against Moldova for the lack of transposition and implementation of legislation related to the emissions of large combustion plants. In its Opening Letter, the Secretariat takes the view that the lack of national environmental legislation in Moldova to curb emissions into the air is a breach of obligations under the Energy Community Treaty.
In its 2017 Implementation Report, the Secretariat had already called on the Moldovan authorities to adopt the necessary domestic legal measures transposing the relevant provisions of the directives into national law without further delay. The Secretariat also provided assistance to Moldova in developing draft legislation in this field, a project that was finalised in December 2017.
The obligations under the Large Combustion Plants and Industrial Emissions Directives have entered into force on 1 January 2018 with regard to existing and new plants, respectively. Contracting Parties were to align their national legislation with the provisions of these Directives by that deadline. Rules on the limitation of emissions into the air from large combustion plants are key to limit air pollution and it is expected that their implementation would result in major health and environmental benefits in the Contracting Parties.
Interested parties may be granted access to the case file and may submit written observations on the present case. All requests for information should be addressed to the Deputy Director and Legal Counsel at firstname.lastname@example.org or +43 1 535 2222 24 and should make reference to the relevant case number (ECS 07/18).