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Mission statement of DG Energy


Under the political guidance of Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger, the Directorate-General for Energy is responsible for developing and implementing a European energy policy. Through the development and implementation of innovative policies, the Directorate-General aims at:

- Contributing to setting up an energy market providing citizens and business with affordable energy, competitive prices and technologically advanced energy services.
- Promoting sustainable energy production, transport and consumption in line with the EU 2020 targets and with a view to the 2050 decarbonisation objective.
- Enhancing the conditions for secure energy supply in a spirit of solidarity between Member States.

In developing a European energy policy, the Directorate-General aims to support the Europe 2020 programme which, for energy, is captured in the Energy 2020 strategy.

The Directorate-General carries out its tasks in many different ways. For example, it develops strategic analyses and policies for the energy sector; promotes the completion of the internal energy market encompassing electricity, gas, oil and oil products, solid fuels and nuclear energy; supports the reinforcement of energy infrastructure, ensures that indigenous energy sources are exploited in safe and competitive conditions; ensures that markets can deliver agreed objectives, notably in efficiency and renewable energies; promotes and conducts an EU external energy policy; facilitates energy technology innovation; develops the most advanced legal framework for nuclear energy, covering safety, security and non-proliferation safeguards; monitors the implementation of existing EU law and makes new legislative proposals; encourages the exchange of best practices and provides information to stakeholders.

All this work is aided by expert input from the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI), the Euratom Supply Agency (ESA) and the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER, operational from March 2011).