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On 19 September 2012, the Czech parliament overruled a presidential veto and passed an amendment to Act No. 406/2000 Coll., on energy management (the "Amendment"). Effective 1 January 2013, the Amendment imposes additional obligations on builders of new buildings, as well as on owners of certain buildings already in use, including the obli-gation to have an energy performance certificate ("EPC") issued. This article outlines the major changes in the energy management regulation and the new obligations that they entail.
legal developments in the energy practice
On 1 June 2007, Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) took effect. The REACH Regulation gradually replaces several existing Community directives and regulations on chemicals and sets a comprehensive Community legal framework for use of chemicals. By strengthening the reporting and evaluation obligations of producers, importers and downstream users, and by setting new mechanisms for enforcing their compliance, the REACH Regulation mainly aims to improve protection of human health and the environment from thousands of chemical substances used by the industry, and to improve the way the internal market functions.