Austria and Denmark in legal trouble on f-gases

Commission warns of possible court action over "disproportionate" greenhouse gas restrictions

The European Commission has launched legal infringement proceedings against Austria and Denmark, claiming that their national legislation phasing out f-gases in some applications is too restrictive. A letter of formal notice was sent to both countries last week under article 28 of the EU treaty on the free movement of goods.

The action follows industry complaints last year saying that national bans were damaging to imports and ruled out the use of HFCs, PFCs and SF6 (known collectively as f-gases) even where there was no acceptable alternative (EED 28/05/03 and EED 31/07/03).

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