Budapest, March 9 (MTI) – The European Union’s energy efficiency directive is scheduled to be transposed into Hungarian law in the course of the spring parliamentary session, business daily Napi Gazdasag said on Monday, citing the National Development Ministry (NFM).

The deadline for complying with EU law on the matter was last summer.

A decision on the key issues related to the transposition of the energy efficiency directive was taken at a government meeting in December last year. Based on this, the ministry is working on a legislative package, including the energy efficiency act and the related government and ministerial decrees. The draft legislative package will soon be issued for social consultation, the ministry said.

Among other provisions, the directive stipulates that the energy systems of 3 percent of public buildings must be upgraded every year and service providers must achieve new savings equalling 1.5 percent of the energy they sell annually.

The European Commission said in early March that it launched an infringement procedure against Hungary, among other member states, because its energy regulations fail to comply with European Union law.

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