THE

WOLF THEISS

GUIDE TO:

Energy Efficiency in

Central, Eastern &

Southeastern Europe

2017 Edition

WOLF THEISS is one of the largest and most respected law firms in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe (CEE/SEE). Since starting out in Vienna almost 60 years ago, we have grown to a team of several hundred people, with offices throughout the region. During that time, we have worked on many cases that have broken new ground.

We concentrate our energies on a unique part of the world: the complex, fast-moving markets of the CEE/SEE region. This is a fascinating area, influenced by a variety of cultural, political and economic trends. We enjoy analysing and reflecting on those changes, drawing on our experiences, and working on a wide range of domestic and cross-border cases.

Disclaimer

Disclaimer

This 2017 Wolf Theiss Guide to Energy Efficiency is intended as a high level overview of the relevant energy efficiency

regimes in the countries included in the publication.


While every effort has been made to ensure that the country reports are accurate as at the date stated on the

publication, they should be used as a general reference guide only and should not be relied upon as definitive legal

advice. In the rapidly changing CEE/SEE jurisdictions, the laws and regulations are frequently revised, either by

amended legislation or by administrative interpretation.


Status of information: Current as of March 2017


Conception, design, and editing:


WOLF THEISS Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG, Attorneys-at-Law

Schubertring 6, 1010 Vienna, Austria

www.wolftheiss.com


© 2017 WOLF THEISS Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG. All Rights Reserved.

Foreword


Wolf Theiss is pleased to publish this first edition (2017) of the Wolf Theiss Guide to: Energy Efficiency in Central, Eastern & Southeastern Europe ("WTEE Guide").


After seven consecutive editions (2010 through 2016, inclusive) of our successful Wolf Theiss Guide to: Generating Electricity from Renewable Sources in Central, Eastern & Southeastern Europe ("RES Guide"), we have decided (with this new WTEE Guide) to focus in 2017 on an area of heightened interest for investors, NGOs, governments and other stakeholders active in the CEE/SEE region.  Accordingly, the WTEE Guide attempts to identify the relevant EU legislation in this domain and track how that legislation may or may not have been transposed into domestic legislation in the countries of our region.


Because the WTEE Guide is intended as a high level overview of the relevant energy efficiency regimes in the various surveyed countries and given that the legislation is less developed than for RES generally, we have organised the WTEE Guide by topic chapters rather than country chapters (which is the approach used in the RES Guide). We believe this makes the WTEE Guide a more "user friendly" product.


However, we certainly welcome the readers' feedback and input as we anticipate that future WTEE Guides will also be published by Wolf Theiss and we are always looking to provide our readers with the most up-to-date and effective work product possible.

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