European energy ministers drew their battlelines on Monday (18 December) by adopting common positions on new climate bills which have thoroughly disappointed environmental lobby groups. Full article…
EU energy ministers met on Monday (18 December) in an attempt to find a common position on three crucial energy laws, ahead of fierce negotiations with the European Parliament expected early next year. Here is how EURACTIV reported on the latest developments.
Update: the outcome of the meeting has been published. A items are also available and cover issues related to energy, climate, environment, trade and transport policy.
Ministers discussed four legislative files under the clean energy package: the Regulation on governance of the Energy Union, Directive on the promotion of energy from renewable sources, directive on common rules for the internal market in electricity and the Regulation on the internal electricity market. They agreed on a general approach for each of the files. Under AOB, the agenda included information from the Commission on external energy relations and information from the Bulgarian delegation on the work programme of the incoming Presidency.
On 18 December, the Council agreed its negotiating position(general approach) on a regulation establishing the framework for an internal electricity market across the EU.
On 18 December, the Council agreed on a general approach (negotiating position) on a regulation setting out the system for the governance of the Energy Union which integrates, climate and energy planning into a single framework.
The EU will invest €101.4 million in the construction of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Krk, Croatia. In the presence of Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete and Energy Ministers of Croatia and Hungary, a grant agreement under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) was signed at the Energy Council today. The grant contributes to the overall estimated costs of €383.6 million.
“Today’s meeting confirms the political will to synchronise the Baltic States’ electricity network with the Western European continental system”.
On 18 December, the Council reached a general approach (negotiating position) on a directive setting out common rules to ensure that the internal electricity market in the EU is competitive, consumer-centred, flexible and non-discriminatory.
On Monday 18 December, the Energy Union Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič and Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete will meet Energy Ministers from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland in the margins of the Energy Council.