Energy should flow freely across the EU - without any technical or regulatory barriers. Only then can energy providers freely compete and provide the best energy prices, and can Europe fully achieve its renewable energy potential.
Achieving the EU's Energy Union goals will require a fundamental transformation of Europe's electricity system, including the redesign of the European electricity market. A public consultation was launched by the Commission to meet consumers' expectations and deliver real benefits.
A new deal for energy consumers recognises the need for Europeans to be at the core of the Energy Union. It aims to help consumers save money and energy through better information, create a wider choice of energy providers, and maintain the highest level of consumer protection. Consumers need to have the chance to be just as well-informed and empowered as energy buyers and sellers. And they should be able to generate and consume their own energy under fair conditions - saving money and helping the environment.
Helping energy cross borders
Investing in infrastructure that connects countries will make energy flow, improve energy security, lessen dependency on imports and prepare networks for renewable energy.
Despite progress made in recent years, Europe’s energy system is still underperforming. The current market design does not lead to sufficient investments, market concentration and weak competition remain an issue and the European energy landscape is still too fragmented. The EU has to give a new political boost to completing the internal energy market.
Support the development of the internal market’s hardware
Implement and upgrade the internal energy market’s software
Enhance regional cooperation within a common EU framework
Encourage market standardisation and smart grids to allow a new deal for consumers
Work with national authorities to develop social systems to tackle energy poverty