The Vienna Forum on European Energy Law is a joint initiative between the Florence School of Regulation and the Energy Community Secretariat.
It is designed to promote engagement and discussion on the most relevant issues currently facing the EU and the countries of Eastern and South Eastern Europe.
What is the role of cities and regions in Europe’s energy transition? How can local and regional actors accelerate the deployment of low-carbon technologies to unlock the full benefits of Europe’s decarbonisation? What investment mechanisms can foster the market uptake of innovative eco products and services? In which concrete ways does the EU’s SET Plan contribute to fast-tracking the energy transition in our cities and regions? How are the SET Plan Implementation Plans, that promote cooperation among Member States, researchers and industry, progressing to develop the key technologies for the energy transition? These are some of the questions that will be guiding the 12th high-level SET Plan conference in Bucharest on 12-14 June.
Breakthrough Energy Ventures Europe (BEV-E), a new €100 million investment fund was established by the European Commission, the European Investment Bank and Breakthrough Energy Ventures during the Fourth Mission Innovation Ministerial meeting in Vancouver, Canada.
After approval by the European Parliament in April, the Council of Ministers adopted the revised Electricity Directive and Electricity Regulation on 23 May 2019. This is the last step before the publication in the EU Official Journal, after which the new rules will become a reality in the 28 European Member States.
Update: The voting results of the four files on the electricity market adopted by the Council are now available.
The EU has completed the overhaul of its energy policy framework, which provides the regulatory preconditions for the transition to clean energy and sets the EU on the path towards achieving its Paris Agreement commitments. The Council today adopted the four remaining files of the “Clean energy for all Europeans” package.
Energy, transport and services of general interest, combined with the digital revolution, can drive European growth in a sustainable and all-inclusive way. This was the message of the hearing that was held on 22 May 2019 by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and its Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN).
Today 22 May, the Council of ministers of the EU formally adopted four new pieces of EU legislation that redesign the EU electricity market to make it fit for the future. This concludes the remaining elements of the Clean energy for all Europeans package and represents a major step towards completing the Energy Union, delivering on the priorities of the Juncker Commission.
The annual Energy Infrastructure Forum takes place on 23-24 May in Copenhagen, Denmark. The forum was set up as part of the Energy Union strategy, and its aim is to remove technical and regulatory barriers to energy flowing freely across the EU, and discuss major issues relating to infrastructure and EU energy policy.
The fifty-first meeting of the EEA Council took place in Brussels on 20 May 2019 under the Presidency of Mr Ștefan-Radu Oprea, Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship of Romania, representing the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The meeting was attended by Ms Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liechtenstein, Mr Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, and Ms Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, as well as by members of the Council of the European Union and representatives of the European Commission and the European External Action Service. The EEA Council discussed the overall functioning of the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA Agreement) and held an orientation debate on Climate change: Long-term strategies towards 2050 and the implementation of the Paris agreement.
Update: A revised version of the Fourth report on the State of the Energy Union and a corrigendum for the original version have been published.
A press release, a Q&A and the speeches by VP Sefcovic and Commissioner Arias Cañete at the State of the Energy Union press conference are also available.
What is the role of cities and regions in Europe’s energy transition? How can local and regional actors accelerate the deployment of low-carbon technologies to unlock the full benefits of Europe’s decarbonisation? What investment mechanisms can foster the market uptake of innovative eco products and services? In which concrete ways does the EU’s SET Plan contribute to fast-tracking the energy transition in our cities and regions?
These will be some of the questions that will be guiding the high-level conference “Making the energy transition happen locally”, co-organised by the European Commission, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Committee of the Regions, with the support of the Romanian Municipalities Association and the Romanian Ministry of Energy.