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Flanders will go to the Constitutional Court against a federal energy law

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The Flemish government will once again turn to the Constitutional Court to request the cancellation of certain provisions of a federal energy law, Flemish Energy Minister Zuhal Demir (N-VA) announced on Friday.

This law, which entered into force last month, notably reduced – from one month to three weeks – the notice period for changing energy supplier. It also provides that consumers can also participate in a group purchase to change energy supplier. The text further introduces the possibility for energy communities to jointly purchase solar panels, communal charging stations or a battery.

But on at least six points, the federal law encroaches on competences granted to Flanders, estimated the Flemish government. Ms. Demir, in a statement, cited as an example the fact that energy communities have been regulated by decree in Flanders since last summer. “Despite repeated consultations between cabinets, despite repeated discussions within the Consultation Committee and despite a strongly negative opinion from the Council of State, colleague Van der Straeten (Federal Minister of Energy, environmentalist Tinne Van der Straeten, editor’s note) persisted”, underlined Ms Demir.

“The result is a fundamental override of skills and legal uncertainty for the energy market. I would rather invest my time and effort in other matters, but that leaves the Flemish government no choice but to appeal,” added the nationalist minister.

The Flemish government has already addressed this year to the constitutional Court to call for the repeal of a federal law on energy storage.

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