Answer given by Mr Tajani on behalf of the Commission
Power Line Transmission (PLT) is covered by the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (EMC), which establishes the electromagnetic compatibility essential requirements that electrical equipment has to fulfil to be marketed in the European Union. The goal of the essential requirements is to ensure that the electromagnetic environment in the EU allows the normal functioning of all electrical and electronic appliances, systems and installations, by requesting a harmonised, acceptable level of protection.
The Commission observes that there has been no significant number of PLT disturbance cases until now. The technical development of standards is a matter for the standardisation organisations. At this stage, the Commission is involved as an observer in the work undertaken in CENELEC, as was the case when producing the standard in question. Other stakeholders can also participate as observers. The current results are the outcome of a long process in which all stakeholders participated. To our knowledge the procedure for submitting the draft standard to vote has been scrupulously adhered to.
Once the proposed harmonised standard is submitted to the Commission, the Commission and the Member States have the possibility to raise a formal objection in cases when the standard does not fulfil the essential requirements of the EMC Directive. In the case where there are no formal objections, the Commission accepts the harmonised standard for publication in the Official Journal of the EU.
-  Directive 2004/108/EC.
OJ C 234 E, 13/08/2013