Highlights of the January I plenary session included the latest debate on the future of Europe, with Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, Spain’s prime minister, and a debate on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Members also debated the reform of EU asylum and migration policy, reviewed the Austrian Council Presidency and discussed the incoming Romanian Presidency’s programme. Among the subjects debated and voted, Parliament adopted positions on 12 more of the three dozen funding programmes proposed for the 2021-2027 period, enabling negotiations with the Council to be launched on each proposal as and when the latter has agreed its position.
Europe’s electricity market rules are being updated to improve the functioning of the market, empower consumers and pave the way for the clean energy transition. EU member states’ ambassadors today approved an agreement with the European Parliament on a directive and a regulation on electricity market design. This clears the way for the final adoption of the two files, which are cornerstones of the clean energy package.
Blog post in The Economist by Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy.