Brussels mounts pressure on Luxembourg
(CS) The EU has announced the start of a second phase of contract violation charges against eight members states for failing to introduce new regulations in the energy sector.
Together with Luxembourg, Spain, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia and Cyprus are affected by the proceedings.
The aim of the regulations is to increase competition in the electricity and gas markets by making energy services available across the borders of member states. As with other retail products, customers should be able to chose between local or foreign providers.
The EU regulations are meant to help accelerate this process. For example, energy producers with their own pipelines and electrical grids would not be allowed to monopolise them, leaving room for other providers to access the lines.
The regulations were meant to have been implemented by March 3, 2011. Should the eight countries, including Luxembourg, not comply with the warning, the EU threatens an action at the European Court of Justice.