Update: the draft minutes have been revised. 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 2017, the Council adopted its position on a directive promoting the use of renewable energy across the EU. This agreement paves the way for the Council to start negotiations with the European Parliament as soon as its negotiating mandate is agreed.
Update: a corrigendum is available to the main text on the general approach and revised annexes.
Digital technologies are set to make the European energy system more connected, intelligent, efficient, reliable and sustainable. Data collection and exchange are growing exponentially, creating digital threats but also valuable opportunities. In this rapidly evolving context, the European energy industry has both the challenge and the opportunity to reinvent itself. With this event, Bruegel aims at fostering a discussion about the industrial implications of Europe’s digital energy revolution, the new business models needed to make the best of it, and the policy frameworks required to facilitate all these developments.
The Trans-European Networks (TENs) are partly funded by the European Union and partly by the Member States. Financial support from the EU serves as a catalyst, the Member States being required to provide the bulk of the financing. The financing of the TENs can also be complemented by Structural Fund assistance, aid from the European Investment Bank or contributions from the private sector. A major reform was introduced across the TENs with the establishment of the Connecting Europe Facility in 2013.
The Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) retains the trans-European networks (TENs) in the areas of transport, energy and telecommunications, first mentioned in the Maastricht Treaty, in order to connect all the regions of the EU. These networks are tools intended to contribute to the growth of the internal market and to employment, while pursuing environmental and sustainable development goals. The end of 2013 saw a fundamental reform of the trans-European transport network.
Starting from today, you can apply for EU funding to carry out a project focusing on smart cities, smart energy systems or renewable fuels. The calls are open under the 2018-2020 Horizon Work Programme, and have a total budget of €138.3 million. The deadline for submissions is 5 April 2018.
01 December 2017, Brussels: Today, in view of next week trilogue negotiation on the EPBD revision, leading companies wrote a letter to the EU28 Energy Ministers, to call Member States to consider the strategic relevance of this key Directive and follow Mr Bendtsen report adopted by the European Parliament last 11 October.
In September 2015, the SET Plan Communication, tackling the energy system in Europe as a whole and going beyond a ‘technology silos’ concept, translated the Energy Union Research, Innovation and Competitiveness priorities into 10 Actions. Since then, through a widely participatory process, national governments, industry and research actors, involving 154 umbrella organisations that represent 16 700 entities, have set ambitious R&I targets in each of the 10 priorities. The aim of these targets is to accelerate the decarbonisation of the energy systems, by making technologies cost-effective and better-performing. Reaching the targets will place Europe at the forefront of the next generation of low-carbon energy technologies and of energy efficiency, creating economic growth, jobs and increased competitiveness. It will also positively impact on the well-being of European citizens. The document focuses on the important progress achieved in the year following the Integrated SET Plan Communication of September 2015.
The EBRD is starting work on a new energy sector strategy and inviting the public to submit contributions. Comments based on the current document should be submitted in writing no later than 1 February 2018 to email@example.com.
WindEurope today applauded the central message of the State of the Energy Union report from Vice-President of the Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič, which called on Member States to accelerate the completion of their 2030 National Energy & Climate Action Plans.
Families across Europe struggle to keep their homes adequately warm every year. Energy poverty affects the life of over 50 million people in the EU, undermining their health and social well-being. The Horizon 2020 SMART-UP project trains people to become advisers and empower households to make small changes to their habits to improve their living conditions and help to reduce their energy bills.