The ENER - IURE Project

The ultimate aim of the ENER-IURE Project was to contribute towards a better knowledge of the legal, juridical and administrative barriers that Renewable Energy Sources face today, by:

  • Compiling and structuring the existing regulations throughout the EU affecting the development and implementation of renewables

  • Analysing their drawbacks and positive impact

  • Proposing guidelines for an improved regulatory framework and a higher EU integration

All 15 EU Member States contributed by analysing their existing regulations, and by providing expertise to develop the results of the study. Of course, the EU level was also considered. 


The project has officially ended. Please find all information here.


Phase I: The initial working period served to develop a first document on the current state of the legal framework of renewables in the EU, and a report that categorises the existing RES legislation in the different Member States.

Phase II: In this phase, the previous work was analysed, focused on four main aspects: Electricity, Biomass, Rural and Urban Planning - Building and Environment, and Fiscal & Financial Measures and Incentives. Analysis were carried out for each aspect in every EU Member State.

The results were integrated by cross checking them for each of the four aspects at EU community level. Finally, conclusions were drawn for the common main issues.


The ENER-IURE Project contributed to the establishment of a legal - administrative framework by providing the legal basis that renewable energy requires to realise its full potential.
By the end of a three years period, the following results were foreseen:

  • An analysis of the current legal situation of renewables in Europe.

  • An evaluation of the influence that the legal and administrative framework has on the present and future development of renewable energy sources.

  • Recommendations on legislative and regulatory initiatives to be undertaken, with a view to overcome the barriers of neutral or adverse legislation, and proposals for new actions to promote a growing development of these energy sources in the EU.

A web site was established with the collected material and documentation produced.


ADEME (France), AEL (Luxembourg), CCE (Portugal), CRES (Greece), DHV (Netherlands), ECD (Denmark), ENEA (Italy), ETSU (UK), EUFORES (EU-Luxembourg), EVA (Austria), FFZ (Germany), FORBAIRT (Ireland), IDAE (Spain), INNOBIP (Belgium), IPTS (EU-Spain), SODEAN (Spain, co-ordinator), STEM (Sweden), VTT (Finland).


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