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Green Paper Towards a Secure, Sustainable and Competitive European Energy Network

Consultation period: 13/11/2008 - 31/03/2009

The Commission has issued a major Green Paper "Towards a secure, sustainable and competitive European energy network" [COM(2008)782]

Across the EU, there is a need for massive investments in new energy networks. The energy supplies we rely on for our everyday lives depend on complex and often costly infrastructure projects.  Such projects are needed for a wide range of reasons: to maintain today's networks, to make new networks which can transport alternative forms of energy, such as renewable energy, to link up different parts of the EU so that they can share a larger pool of energy resources, to make it possible for local communities or even single households to contribute electricity to the grid and to improve the import and transmission networks for oil and gas. The Green Paper includes a number of examples of major EU network projects which the EU could promote.

The Commission thanks all participants in the public consultation for sharing their views and suggestions.