Advocate-General with opinion on Belgian case

29 May 2013

Advocate-General Bot released an opinion on May 8th, 2013 for Case C-204/12, Essent Belgium NV v Vlaamse Reguleringsinstantie voor de Elektriciteits- en Gasmarkt (VREG).  This case, and opinion, could have significant implications  regarding the use of foreign produced electricity in a national target counting scheme. 

The opinion released by Advocate-General Bot has provided additional insight into the legality of a nationally exclusive renewable electricity support mechanism.  The general principles lie in the fact that the free transfer of goods, renewable electricity included, is protected under the European treaty and national support schemes discriminate against foreign-made renewables production. 
 
RECS International  believes in the free trade of goods and services in order to create cost-efficiency and the effective implementation of renewables throughout Europe.  For this reason RECS International  is currently following other legal cases with similar complaints, including Alands Vindkraft AB v Energimyndigheten.
 
For more information on this case, Essent Belgium NV v  Vlaamse Reguleringsinstantie voor de Elektriciteits- en Gasmarkt (VREG) click here.
 
Or view a recent article discussing the opinion of Advocate-General Bot here.