EU climate plan no-shows submit excuses instead

(EurActiv, 15 Jan 2019) EU nations that missed an end-of-2018 deadline to submit their draft energy and climate plans to the European Commission have started to offer up excuses for their lateness.

All 28 EU countries had until 31 December 2018 to submit their National Energy and Climate Plans (NECP), as reported by EURACTIV last week, so that the Commission can evaluate their efforts before the end of the year.

But Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Luxembourg and Spain all failed to do their homework in time.

Spain, for its part, has owned up to the delay. Reacting to the news on 11 January, Ecological Transition Minister Teresa Ribera tweeted that her services only had six months to get the job done, given that her socialist government only took power in June.

Asked if she had discarded what the People’s Party had worked on previously, the minister replied that “not a single word had been written” of the draft plan, so it was a matter of starting from scratch.

Ribera added that the draft plan will be submitted “soon”. During her short mandate, she has overseen Spain’s ambitions to switch to 100% renewable power by 2050, as well as scrap nuclear and coal power by 2030.

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EurActiv, 15 Jan 2019: EU climate plan no-shows submit excuses instead