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UK shrugs off EU court action

Government officials are confident the European Commission will eventually drop court proceedings against the UK for failing to fully implement the 2002 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.

Last week, the Commission said it was taking action as it had not received official notification of the provisions for energy performance certificates in
Northern Ireland and inspections for boilers and air conditioning.  It has also not received official notification of the implementation of the directive in Gibraltar.

A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government stressed the case only related to
Northern Ireland and Gibraltar.

He said: “We are fully committed to improving the efficiency of our buildings and – in line with the European directive - have in place measures to achieve this.

'We have also laid the necessary legal framework to be able to implement the directive. We understand that
Northern Ireland and Gibraltar will do so shortly, enabling the Commission to drop this case.'