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Open public online consultation on the development of a comprehensive, integrated Research, Innovation, and Competitiveness Strategy for the Energy Union

Policy field(s)

Research and innovation
Climate change
Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Target group(s)
All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from research organisations and associations of research organisations, universities and associations of universities, public authorities (including regional and local administrations), local communities, large businesses, small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), business associations, inter-governmental organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and individual citizens, which are stakeholders in energy and transport sectors but also from those that are stakeholders in the industry, agriculture/bioeconomy and construction sectors.
Period of consultation
From 04.03.2016  to 31.05.2016
Objective of the consultation

The objective of this public consultation is to collect the opinions of stakeholders and interested parties, including EU citizens and private and public organisations, with regard to the development of a comprehensive research, innovation and competitiveness strategy for the Energy Union, as the fifth pillar of the Energy Union.

This aspect is particularly important given the objective to drastically reduce EU’s emissions and use of energy, while at the same time maintaining the competitiveness of economic sectors including energy and transport but also industry, agriculture/bioeconomy and construction, and providing modern, user-friendly, safe, sustainable and secure solutions to EU citizens and businesses. In this sense, this strategy will provide an important element to contribute from the EU perspective to the Paris Agreement achieved on last 12 December 2015 as the outcome of Conference of Parties (COP21) under the United Nations Framework Climate Change Convention ( 505 KB).

An overarching Integrated Energy Union Research, Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy is essential in order to ensure that the overall goals are not lost in the trade-offs between the individual sectors.
How to submit your contribution
We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.
  • If you are answering this consultation as a citizen, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of an organisation, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of a public authority, please click here to submit your contribution.
Contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.
View the questionnaire

Depending on the detail of your answers, you may want to reserve 30 minutes for completing the questionnaire.
The maximum time to complete the questionnaire allowed by the system is 90 minutes. Partial responses will not be saved. This means once you start filling in the questionnaire, you have to answer all compulsory questions to submit your response. You can, however, preview/print a PDF version of the online questionnaire ( 77 KB) to help you to prepare your response.

Reference documents

On 25 February 2015 the European Commission published “ENERGY UNION STRATEGY” (COM(2015) 80 final), which is made up of 5 closely related and mutually reinforcing dimensions. Under its fifth pillar, Research and innovation, the Energy Union strategy is supporting breakthroughs in low-carbon technologies by coordinating research and helping to finance projects in partnership with the private sector.

Amongst the action points foreseen in the Energy Union Strategy, it indicates that the EU needs to develop a forward-looking, energy and climate-related R&I strategy to maintain European technological leadership and expand export opportunities.

  • The Commission will propose a European energy R&I approach, comprising an upgraded Strategic Energy Technology Plan and a strategic transport R&I agenda, with a limited number of essential priorities and clear objectives, in 2015-2016.
  • The Commission will develop an initiative on global technology and innovation leadership on energy and climate to boost jobs and growth.

These three initiatives represent the backbone of a comprehensive and Integrated Energy Union Research, Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy and are meant to provide a key contribution toward the attainment of the Energy union goals.

Energy union strategy:

Integrated SET Plan:

Contact details
Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Unit G.3, Renewable Energy Sources

Postal address:

European Commission
DG Research & Innovation - Unit G.3., Renewable Energy Sources
B-1049 Brussels

Number of responses received to this consultation
A total of 243 contributions have been registered in the system. Numerous suggestions and position papers have also been provided by respondents via the open field questions of the survey and also by submission to the dedicated functional mailbox. The replies whose authors gave permission for publication are available for consultation here ( 30.7 MB).
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Results of consultation and next steps
The contributions to the public consultation have been analysed by the European Commission services. A short summary report is available here ( 1.4 MB).