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High level group on competitiveness, energy and the environment

The High Level Group on Competitiveness, Energy and the Environment functioned as an advisory platform bringing together the Members of the Commission for Enterprise and Industry, Competition, Energy, and the Environment as well as all relevant stakeholders.

The mandate pdf - 25 KB [25 KB] of the High Level Group (HLG) was to provide advice to policy makers at Community and national levels, industry and civil society organizations in the most appropriate format on issues where competitiveness, energy and environmental policies interrelate and impact on basic and intermediate product industries. The mandate was given for two years: it was not extended. The HLG was assisted in its debates and advice by a Sherpa sub-group, which processed, coordinated and integrated the work of ad hoc groups (Mandate of the Sherpa sub-group pdf - 16 KB [16 KB] ).

In this context, the Commission invited the High Level Group to give advice for action, in particular, in connection with the following issues:

  • the functioning of energy markets, particularly the electricity and gas markets;
  • climate change, particularly the emissions trading scheme, energy efficiency and renewables;
  • the implementation of the Thematic Strategy on the prevention and recycling of waste and related legislation;
  • the improvement of resource efficiency and the uptake of environmental and other innovative technologies;
  • the development and uptake of environmental and other innovative technologies;
  • concrete implementation of better regulation principles.

Who was involved

The list of members pdf - 200 KB [200 KB] includes the Commissioners for Enterprise and Industry, Competition, Energy, and the Environment, Ministers, Members of the European Parliament, industry, environmental NGOs, consumers, trade unions and regulators. Members were appointed ad personam. Each member of the HLG nominated a personal representative to a preparatory sub-group; the so-called 'Sherpa' sub-group (List of Sherpas pdf - 13 KB [13 KB] ).

The HLG also sought input from experts who were invited by the Commission to participate in ad hoc groups. Ad hoc groups were created to examine specific questions in relation with priority policy issues, under the terms of reference established by the HLG. The ad hoc groups were closed as soon as they had fulfilled their mandate. Attendance of the ad hoc group meetings was limited to the invited experts. For the complete list of ad hoc groups please refer to the work plan of the High Level Group pdf - 19 KB [19 KB] .

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