On 5 September, the Energy Community Secretariat opened a dispute settlement procedure against Moldova for its lack of transposition and implementation of legislation related to the emissions of large combustion plants. The lack of national environmental legislation in Moldova to curb emissions into the atmosphere is a breach of the country’s obligations under the Energy Community Treaty.
In its 2017 Implementation Report, the Secretariat had already called on the Moldovan authorities to without further delay adopt the necessary domestic legal measures transposing the relevant provisions of the directives into national law. 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 entered into force on 1 January 2018, with regard to existing and new plants respectively. The countries that are Contracting Parties of the Energy Community were to align their national legislation with the provisions of the two directives by that deadline.
Rules on the limitation of emissions into the atmosphere from large combustion plants are key to limiting air pollution and it is expected that their implementation will result in major health and environmental benefits.
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