The Energy and Managing Authorities (EMA) Network brings together representatives of national energy authorities with representatives of Cohesion Policy Managing Authorities dealing with energy. It aims to help EU countries make the best possible use of Cohesion Policy funding to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy and smart energy infrastructure, as well as energy-related research and innovation.
Cohesion Policy funding amounts to almost €30 billion for the 2014 – 2020 period – more than double the amount spent during the 2007-2013 period - thus making an important contribution to the Energy Union.
Meeting twice a year, the network acts as an informal platform to exchange information, share good practices, experiences and latest developments. Working groups will also be convened to work on specific issues, where needed and relevant.
Sixth meeting of the EMA Network 20-21 November 2017
The meeting addressed the latest developments in EU policies and Cohesion Policy in the energy field, including the State of the Energy Union reporting, and presented new initiatives from the European Commission such as Clean Energy for EU Islands, Smart Finance for Smart Buildings, and policies to help coal mining regions in transition.
The synergies between the use of European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and initiatives announced in the recent Communication on Strengthening Innovation in Europe's Regions and regional cooperation in the context of high level groups such as CESEC (Central and South-Eastern European Gas Connectivity) were also discussed.
Opening remarks (video message) by Dominique Ristori, Director General of DG Energy.
Fifth meeting of the EMA Network 15-16 May 2017
This meeting addressed the latest developments in EU policies and cohesion policy energy investments, including the 'Clean Energy for All Europeans' proposals of November 2016, focusing also on the important topics of financial instruments and complementarities with the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), innovation and smart regions and the implementation of the EU Heating and Cooling strategy.
Fourth meeting of the EMA Network 21-22 November 2016
The fourth meeting of the EMA network focused on new approaches and challenges for energy and cohesion policy, including legislative updates particularly in the area of energy efficiency in buildings. Important topics for the operational programmes' implementation were also discussed, including the use of cohesion policy financial instruments and the European Fund for Strategic Investments.
Third meeting of the EMA Network 10-11 May 2016
The EU Urban Agenda, Smart Cities and Communities, Energy infrastructure and smart specialisation were on the agenda for this third meeting.
Second meeting of the EMA Network 23-24 November 2015
State aid issues, Project Development Assistance, R&D and Renewables figured amongst the main topics of this second meeting.
First meeting of the EMA Network 16-17 March 2015
The inaugural meeting looked at the use of financial instruments to leverage additional investments in energy, as well as the role of energy in the Commission’s Investment Plan for Europe and how to design investments in energy renovation of buildings.