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Parliamentary questions
12 July 2018
E-002758/2018
Answer given by Mr Arias Cañete on behalf of the Commission

The Commission services closely monitor related developments in Poland and are in contact with Polish authorities and relevant stakeholders regarding the legislative framework for renewable energy in Poland.

A legislative proposal amending the existing Polish Act on wind energy was adopted on 29 June 2018. It addresses several issues related to the potential for wind energy development in Poland. However, these amendments, do not address the rules on the distance of wind power plants from buildings. The Commission will assess the compatibility of the new provisions with the Renewable Energy Directive(1).

Article 13 of the Renewable Energy Directive stipulates that national rules concerning the authorisation of renewable energy plants need to be proportionate.

The question of the distance rules for wind power plants in Poland and their compliance with EU legislation is the subject of a preliminary ruling (Case C-727/17) before the Court of Justice of the European Union. The Commission is closely monitoring the proceeding.

(1)Directive 2009/28/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources.

Last updated: 13 July 2018Legal notice