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Heating: EU Law

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many times his Department discussed the proposed labelling of heating systems in the energy-using products directive with representatives from the European Commission in 2007-08; and what plans he has for such discussions in 2008-09. (206452)

Both BERR and DEFRA officials have been in regular contact with the European Commission concerning the boilers and water heater proposals under the energy-using products directive in 2007-08. The latest engagement includes:

EuP Consultation Forum on 18 December 2007;

A bilateral meeting with the Commission on 31 January 2008;

EuP Consultation Forum on 29 February 2008;

Conference call with Commission on 24 April 2008; and

An informal meeting with Commission and other member states is planned for 22 May 2008.

In addition to the discussions with the Commission, BERR and DEFRA have continued to work closely with the relevant industry sectors and BERR hosted a full day workshop (chaired by DEFRA) with industry representatives at BERR in February this year.

A similar level of engagement is expected over the coming 12 months.