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The external dimension of the EU energy policy

Consultation period

From 21/12/2010 to 21/02/2011  07/03/2011

Policy field(s)

European energy strategies, Sustainable energy, Renewable Energy, Energy efficiency, Energy Technology & innovation, Oil, Coal, Gas, Electricity, Nuclear energy, Security of supply, External dimension, Energy infrastructure

Target group(s)

Public authorities, Member States authorities, private organisations, industry associations, SMEs, citizens, consumer organisations, trade unions, NGOs, environmental organisations, Consultancies, other relevant stakeholders and Citizens (inside and outside of the European Union).

Objective of the consultation

The aims of the EU energy policy, as set in Article 194 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU, are to ensure the functioning of the energy market, to ensure security of energy supply in the Union, to promote energy efficiency and energy saving and the development of new and renewable forms of energy, and to promote the interconnection of energy networks. These aims have to be pursued in a spirit of solidarity among Member States. None of them can successfully be met without taking into account major evolutions on the energy scene beyond the EU borders.

The external dimension therefore needs to be a full part in the recent and forthcoming initiatives in the energy field. This will require a coordinated, efficient and prioritised external energy policy. For this reason the Communication "Energy 2020 - A strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy" recognised the need to strengthen the external dimension of the EU energy policy as one of the key priorities in the coming years.

The objective of the consultation is to seek interested parties' views on possible priorities and possible new initiatives in the field of external energy policy.

How to submit your contribution

Information for organisations

You are invited to comment on the questions raised in the Consultation document by attaching your contribution to the email address corresponding to your type of organisation

Received contributions will be published on the Internet. In case you do not agree with this publication please inform us using the Contact information. Non-registered organisation responses will be published separately.

Contact details

Responsible service : ENER.A.3


Postal address :

European Commission
DG Energy - ENER.A.3
'International Relations and Enlargement'
Rue De Mot 24-26
B-1049 Bruxelles

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