Press Release: EESC calls for a European Energy Union that involves and benefits all EU citizens

The EESC strongly supports the objectives of the Energy Union and encourages EU society to take full ownership of this project. The Energy Union is not only relevant to sectoral policies such as energy, transport and climate but offers a number of opportunities to make Europe more democratic, cohesive, competitive and just. To this end, an effective energy dialogue with organised civil society at EU, national, regional and local levels is fundamental.

EU energy ministers meet in Sofia, Bulgaria

EU proposals, part of the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package, on energy efficiency, renewables and governance of the Energy Union, were top of the agenda on April 19 in Sofia, Bulgaria, at an informal council of EU energy ministers, also attended by European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete.

Debates, Vote Results & Texts Adopted: European Parliament Plenary Session (16-19 April 2018)

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The “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package is fundamental to European energy policy, ministers agree at meeting in Sofia 19.04.2018

Energy ministers of the EU Member States discussed in Sofia on 19 April 2018 the progress made in the negotiations on the legislative proposals of the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package.

Agenda: Working Party on Energy (24 April 2018)

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Smarter and more energy-efficient buildings in the EU by 2050

The updated legislation, voted through with 546 for, 35 against and 96 abstentions, requires member states to develop national long-term strategies to support cost-saving renovation of public and private buildings, with a view to reducing emissions in the EU by 80-85% compared to 1990 levels.

Stakeholder Press Release: Energy Efficiency Directive and Energy Union Governance Regulation to drive the EU energy transition

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Stakeholder: Letter: Environmental safeguards needed for CCU fuels in the Renewable Energy Directive

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Publication: A climate-proof budget to drive the EU clean energy transition to a low carbon economy

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Agenda: EP ITRE Committee Meeting (23-24 April 2018)

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Shedding light on energy in the EU — A guided tour of energy statistics — 2018 edition

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Event: Clean Energy for all Europeans: Regulation vs Reality? (Sofia, 18 April 2018)

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Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (recast)

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Final Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (16-19 April 2018)

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Amendments to the Report: EP ENVI Committee on binding annual greenhouse gas emission reductions by Member States from 2021 to 2030 (Effort Sharing)

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Amendments to the Commission Proposal: EP ENVI Committee on the inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry into the 2030 climate and energy framework (LULUCF)

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Agenda: Informal meeting of Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (19 April 2018)

An informal meeting of EU energy ministers will take place in Sofia on 19 April 2018. The motto of the meeting, which will be chaired by Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova, is “Sustainable Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy”. This is the first informal meeting of the energy ministers within the framework of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Speech by Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete at the 4th EU Energy Summit: International geopolitical uncertainties: brakes or accelerators for the EU energy transition?

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