State of the Energy Union: MEPs to debate progress with Commission  

MEPs will debate the findings and proposals by the Commission in the Third Report on the State of the Energy Union.

The Commission wants the Energy Union to be a daily reality by 2019. Along with the report, which the Commission presented on 24 November, the Commission will explain how the 2030 electricity interconnection target of 15% can be achieved, and discuss the third list of Projects of Common Interest (PCI) co-financed by the EU.

Next steps towards completing the Energy Union

New rules on Energy Performance of Buildings are currently being negotiated between Parliament and EU member states.

The Energy Efficiency and the Renewable Energy Directive proposals were amended by the Industry, Research and Energy Committee on 28 November and will be voted on by plenary in January. 

At a  High Level Conference on Clean Energy Financing held in Parliament on 7 November, key energy market stakeholders discussed how to tackle the transition from carbon to more sustainable energy sources.

Three laws contributing to the setup of the Energy Union have already been introduced:

Security of gas supply, Intergovernmental agreements, Energy efficiency labelling

The Industry, Research and Energy Committee has yet to vote on amendments to the Governance of the Energy Union, the set of rules governing the project, and the three electricity market files (Risk-preparedness in the electricity sector, Internal market for electricity. Recast, Common rules for the internal market in electricity. Recast, European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators. Recast).

Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation is a non-legislative file ITRE MEPs are currently discussing in response to the EC Communication from November 2016.


Energy Union package

The Energy Union is a legislative package of measures designed to integrate the EU energy market, with initiatives to develop and use cleaner energy resources in member states, “decarbonise” the economy to cut CO2 emissions and reduce  energy consumption.

The annual State of the Energy Union report shows progress made since the Energy Union Framework Strategy was adopted in 2015 to bring about the transition to a low-carbon, secure and competitive economy.

Procedure:  Commission statement

Debate:  Tuesday, 29 November