Delivering on this top priority set out in President Juncker's political guidelines, the European Commission set out its strategy to achieve a resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy.
Energy is used to heat and to cool buildings and homes, transport goods, and power the economy. But with ageing infrastructure, poorly integrated markets, and uncoordinated policies, European consumers, households and businesses do not benefit from increased choice or from lower energy prices. It is time to complete the single energy market in Europe. Delivering on this top priority set out in President Juncker's political guidelines, the College of Commissioners approved its strategy to achieve a resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy.
As part of this strategy the College of Commissioners approved today the following package:
- A Framework Strategy for a Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy. This sets out, in five interrelated policy dimensions, the goals of an energy union – and the detailed steps the Juncker Commission will take to achieve it, including new legislation to redesign and overhaul the electricity market, ensuring more transparency in gas contracts, substantially developing regional cooperation as an important step towards an integrated market, with a stronger regulated framework, new legislation to ensure the supply for electricity and gas, increased EU funding for energy efficiency or a new renewables energy package, focusing European R&I energy strategy, reporting annually on the 'State of the Energy Union', just to name a few.
- An Interconnection Communication, setting out the measures needed to achieve the target of 10% electricity interconnection by 2020, which is the minimum necessary for the electricity to flow and be traded between Member States. It shows which Member States currently meet the target - and which projects are necessary to close the gap by 2020.
- A Communication setting out a vision for a global climate agreement in Paris in December. The vision is for a transparent, dynamic and legally binding global agreement with fair and ambitious commitments from all parties. The Communication also translates the decisions taken at the European Summit in October 2014 into the EU's proposed emissions reduction target (the so-called Intended Nationally Determined Contribution, or INDC) for the new agreement. .
The College also decided that the Commission would send a strong signal to Member States to carry out structural reforms and to continue consolidating their public finances. In a press briefing Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and Commissioner Pierre Moscovici outlined their recommendations and which countries were affected. The Commission also received today Their Majesties the King and the Queen of the Belgians.
- Fact Sheet: Connecting power markets to deliver security of supply, market integration and the large-scale uptake of renewables
- Fact Sheet: Questions and Answers on the European Commission Communication: The Paris Protocol – A blueprint for tackling global climate change beyond 2020
- Press release: European Semester 2015: College decisions
- Press conference by Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner in charge of Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs