The European Commission decided on Thursday to refer Malta and Romania to the EU Court of Justice for failing to notify national policy frameworks under Directive 2014/94/EU on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure.
The national policy frameworks are the main instrument to ensure the coordinated build-up of sufficient alternative fuels infrastructure, including recharging points for electric vehicles and refuelling points for natural gas and hydrogen. The establishment of those frameworks also helps to avoid a fragmentation of the internal market thanks to a coordinated introduction of alternative fuels.
Member States were required to notify their national policy frameworks to the Commission by November 18, 2016. To date, Malta and Romania have failed to do so, despite a letter of formal notice and a reasoned opinion sent by the Commission on February 15 and July 13, 2017.
Accelerating alternative fuels infrastructure deployment is essential to deliver a clean and competitive mobility to all Europeans, according to the European Commission’s “Clean Mobility Package”, adopted on November 8, 2017.
Among others, the package includes a detailed assessment of the national policy frameworks, as well as an action plan and investment solutions for the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure in the EU. The aim is to increase the level of ambition of national plans, of consumer awareness, as well as of investments made in this field.