Commissioner Oettinger welcomes the Council results
On 4 October the Council endorsed the political agreement on the Energy Efficiency Directive. It also adopted the decision establishing an information exchange mechanism for intergovernmental agreements between Member States and third countries in the field of energy.
Günther Oettinger said: "I strongly welcome the positive Council vote today on the Energy Efficiency Directive. The most important phase of the process – the implementation – will start soon. I call upon Member States and stakeholders for extra efforts to bring its provisions into life. The Commission also remains dedicated and committed to continue its support to the process."
On the intergovernmental agreements' mechanism Günther Oettinger commented: "This is a first pragmatic step to increase transparency on intergovernmental agreements in the energy field. It will help increase compliance and consistency with the EU legislation. It will also help provide legal certainty for investment decisions often underpinned by intergovernmental agreements and enhance the negotiating position of Member States. We will closely monitor the effectiveness of the legislation and continue to encourage a more ambitious approach, reflecting the EU's energy challenges and objectives."
Full declaration on the Energy Efficiency Directive
Full declaration on the intergovernmental agreements' mechanism