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Parliamentary questions
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22 October 2015
Question for written answer E-014085-15
to the Council
Rule 130
Andrew Lewer (ECR)

 Subject:  Energy Union governance system without local and regional authorities
 Answer in writing 

Local and regional authorities (LRAs) are essential for implementing the Energy Union. Its governance system should include LRAs in shaping and implementing it. Unless LRAs are explicitly included in the Energy Union’s governance system incoherence between local, regional and EU decisions will continue.

However, the Council conclusions on ‘the implementation of the Energy Union: empowering consumers and attracting investments in the energy sector’ remain vague on the concrete responsibility of LRAs for shaping and implementing the Energy Union. The conclusions simply state that ‘the governance system will be designed with the involvement of the European Parliament, national parliamentary representation, civil society representation and other relevant stakeholders’ (paragraph 2.7).

Are LRAs considered to be ‘relevant stakeholders’ or ‘civil society representations’?

Can the Council outline how the future Energy Union’s governance system will:
ensure consistency and coherence between national energy and climate plans in order to take account of local and regional strategies;
provide the enabling framework — e.g. easier access to public-private partnership to accelerate project implementation, cutting red tape, and reviewing potential barriers for LARs — to achieve the Energy Union goals;
provide certainty and predictability on meeting the targets to secure investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency infrastructure and technology implemented by LRAs?
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