Ljubljana, 07 March (STA) - The government endorsed on Thursday draft changes to the energy law that would transpose EU's gas and electricity directives into national legislation. This should have been done already by March 2011, which is why the European Commission referred the country to the Court of Justice of the EU.
However, Slovenia can still avoid having to pay a fine if it manages to include the two directives into its legislation before the court delivers a ruling.
The new energy law would transpose the EU directives on common rules for the electricity and gas retail markets as well as a directive on encouraging the use of renewable energy sources and one on energy efficiency of buildings.
Slovenia has also already received reprimands from Brussels over non-implementation of the latter two directives.
The draft changes are re-defining the rules on the electricity and gas retail markets, and setting new rules on unbundling of networks.
The goal is to strengthen the competition on the gas and electricity markets, increase the rights of consumers and improve the reliability of supply.
The changes also include the Constitutional Court's recommendations for boosting clarity and transparency in network fees.