March 3, 2017
Clean Energy for all EuropeansContact
Written by Almos Molnar, Consultant, Brussels
When European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker published his political guidelines upon taking office in July 2014, he vowed to reform and reorganise Europe’s energy policy into a new ‘European Energy Union’, by making the EU a global leader in renewable energy, fighting against climate change and completing the internal energy market – all while ensuring economic competitiveness and security of supply.
The Commission lived up to its promise that 2016 will be “the year of delivery” in this regard, when at the end of last year it published its much anticipated ‘Clean Energy for all Europeans’ package, containing eight new legislative proposals and several accompanying communications, all together, over 1000 pages long.
This “jumbo package” on energy sets out the foundations of a new European legal framework on policy issues, such as energy efficiency, renewable energy, the design of the electricity market, security of electricity supply, eco-design, the energy performance of buildings, and governance rules for the Energy Union; heavily impacting on the businesses of a wide range of economic stakeholders and market operators across the Old Continent.
However, nothing is set in stone yet. In fact, the hard part of EU policy-making has just begun, as the Commission’s legislative proposals have now just started to be deliberated upon in the European Parliament and the Council of the EU, who, as co-legislators, each have the right to amend the proposals, and who ultimately have to agree on a final, compromise version for each legislative dossier in order for them to enter into force.
Due to the range of policy issues involved and due to their technical complexity and political sensitivity, this process can take up to several years. During this period, policy-makers will need important technical input and sector-relevant know-how from stakeholders to arrive at well-informed legislative outcomes, offering ample opportunity for political engagement.
Those companies who wish to prepare their businesses in advance of the likely regulatory impacts, or would like to be involved in the policy-making process to influence the scale and nature of such impacts, are advised to reach out to seasoned European public affairs experts for assistance.
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