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PE 514.580v02-00 A7-0323/2013

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the notification to the Commission of investment projects in energy infrastructure within the European Union and replacing Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 617/2010

(COM(2013)0153 – C7-0075/2013 – 2013/0082(COD))

Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

Rapporteur: Adina-Ioana Vălean

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 PROCEDURE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the notification to the Commission of investment projects in energy infrastructure within the European Union and replacing Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 617/2010

(COM(2013)0153 – C7-0075/2013 – 2013/0082(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2013)0153),

–   having regard to Article 294(2) and Article 194 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C7-0075/2013),

–   having regard to Article 294(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–   having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee of 22 May 2013(1),

–   after consulting the Committee of the Regions,

–   having regard to Rule 55 of its Rules of Procedure,

–   having regard to the report of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (A7-0323/2013),

1.  Adopts its position at first reading hereinafter set out;

2.  Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it intends to amend its proposal substantially or replace it with another text;

3.  Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and the national parliaments.

Amendment  1

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(1) Obtaining an overall picture of the development of investment in energy infrastructure in the Union is essential for the Commission to perform its tasks in the field of energy. The availability of regular and up-to-date data and information should enable the Commission to make the necessary comparisons, evaluations or to propose relevant measures based on appropriate figures and analysis, in particular concerning the future energy supply-demand balance.

(1) Obtaining an overall picture of the development of investment in energy infrastructure in the Union is a prerequisite for the development of the European energy policy. The availability of regular and up-to-date data and information should enable the Commission to make the necessary comparisons and evaluations or to propose relevant measures based on appropriate figures and analysis, in particular concerning the future energy supply/demand balance. Any measures proposed or taken at Union level should be neutral and should not amount to interventions in the functioning of the market.

Justification

The political purpose of this regulation should be made explicit. This is an important instrument for the development of the Common Energy Policy.

Amendment  2

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(2) The energy landscape within and outside the Union has changed significantly in recent years and makes investment in energy infrastructure a crucial issue for securing the Union's energy supply, for the functioning of the internal market and for the transition towards a low-carbon energy system the Union has begun.

(2) The energy landscape within and outside the Union has changed significantly in recent years and makes investment in energy infrastructure a crucial issue for securing the Union's energy supply, for the functioning of the internal market and for the transition towards a sustainable energy system the Union has begun.

Amendment  3

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(7) Pursuant to Articles 41 and 42 of the Euratom Treaty, undertakings are under an obligation to notify their investment projects. It is necessary to supplement such information with, in particular, a regular reporting on the implementation of investment projects. Such additional reporting is without prejudice to Articles 41 to 44 of the Euratom Treaty.

(7) Pursuant to Articles 41 and 42 of the Euratom Treaty, undertakings are under an obligation to notify their investment projects. It is necessary to supplement such information with, in particular, a regular reporting on the implementation of investment projects. Such additional reporting is without prejudice to Articles 41 to 44 of the Euratom Treaty, while the imposition on undertakings of a double burden should be avoided wherever possible.

Amendment  4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 8

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(8) In order for the Commission to have a consistent view of the future developments of the Union's energy system as a whole, a harmonised reporting framework for investment projects based on updated categories for official data and information to be transmitted by the Member States is necessary.

(8) In order for the Commission to have a consistent view of the future developments of the Union's energy system as a whole, a harmonised reporting framework for investment projects based on updated categories for official data and information to be transmitted by the Member States is necessary. Such a harmonised reporting framework should set up a balanced system for reporting investment projects with a view to avoiding disproportionate administrative burdens.

Amendment  5

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 9

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(9) Member States should for this purpose notify to the Commission, data and information on investment projects concerning production, storage and transport of oil, natural gas, electric power, bio-fuels and carbon dioxide planned or under construction in their territory. Undertakings concerned should be under an obligation to notify to the Member State the data and information in question.

(9) Member States should, to this end, notify to the Commission, data and information on investment projects in energy infrastructure planned or under construction in their territory concerning production, storage and transport of oil, natural gas, electricity, coal and lignite, the co-generation of electricity and useful heat, as well as investment projects in biofuel production and the capture, transport and storage of carbon dioxide. Member States should also notify investment projects in electricity and gas interconnections with third countries. Undertakings concerned should be under an obligation to notify to the Member State concerned the data and information in question. Member States and the Commission should be obliged to ensure the confidentiality of data provided by undertakings.

Amendment  6

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 11

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(11) With a view to avoiding disproportionate administrative burdens and to minimise costs to Member States and undertakings in particular for small and medium enterprises, this Regulation should give the possibility to exempt Member States and undertakings from reporting obligations provided that equivalent information is supplied to the Commission pursuant to energy sector-specific legal acts, adopted by the institutions of the Union, aiming at achieving the objectives of competitive energy markets in the Union, of sustainability of the energy system of the Union and of the security of energy supply to the Union. Any duplication of reporting requirements specified in the third internal market package for electricity and natural gas should therefore be avoided.

(11) With a view to avoiding disproportionate administrative burdens and to minimise costs to Member States and undertakings, in particular for small and medium-sized enterprises, this Regulation should give the possibility to exempt Member States and undertakings from reporting obligations provided that equivalent information has already been supplied to the Commission by a Member State or by a specific body entrusted with multi-annual investment planning and reporting on the data and information to be supplied pursuant to this Regulation with regard to its Union-wide multi-annual network development and investment plan in energy infrastructure. The Commission should clarify the application of this exemption when adopting the provisions necessary for implementing this Regulation, as provided for in Article 7, in order to truly ease the reporting burden for persons or bodies who are subject to the obligations flowing from this Regulation and those who are responsible for administering the reporting system in the Member States.

Justification

Avoiding double reporting and disproportionate administrative burden was one of the aims of the previous proposal. The issue was unsufficiently tackled, therefore this Regulation should formalize the practical approach the Commission wants to apply in order to give legal certainty to industry and Member States.

Amendment  7

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 12

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(12) To process data as well as to simplify and secure data notification, the Commission and in particular its Market Observatory for Energy should be able to take all appropriate measures to that effect, in particular the operation of integrated IT tools and procedures.

(12) To process data as well as to simplify and secure data notification, the Commission and in particular its Market Observatory for Energy should be able to take all appropriate measures to that effect, in particular the operation of integrated IT tools and procedures, which should guarantee the confidentiality of the data or information notified to the Commission.

Justification

The data and information requested by the Commission is highly sensitive for the economic operators and, therefore, the Commission must ensure the highest level of confidentiality when dealing with this data or information.

Amendment  8

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 14

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(14) Member States, or their delegated entities, and the Commission should preserve the confidentiality of commercially sensitive data and information. Therefore, Member States or their delegated entities should, with the exception of data and information related to cross-border transmission projects, aggregate such data and information at national level before submitting it to the Commission. If required the Commission should further aggregate this data in such a way that no details concerning individual undertakings and installations are disclosed or can be inferred.

(14) Member States, or their delegated entities, and the Commission should preserve the confidentiality of commercially and/or strategically sensitive data and information. Therefore, Member States or their delegated entities should, with the exception of data and information related to cross-border transmission projects, aggregate such data and information at national level before submitting it to the Commission. If required the Commission should further aggregate this data in such a way that no details concerning individual undertakings and installations are disclosed or can be inferred.

Amendment  9

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 15

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(15) The Commission and in particular its Market Observatory for Energy should provide a regular and cross-sector analysis of the structural evolution and perspectives of the Union energy system and, where appropriate, more focused analysis on certain aspects of this energy system. This analysis should in particular contribute to identifying possible infrastructure and investment gaps in view of an energy supply and demand balance. The analysis should also form a contribution to a discussion at Union level about energy infrastructures and should therefore be forwarded to the European Parliament, the Council and the European Economic and Social Committee and made available to interested parties.

(15) The Commission and in particular its Market Observatory for Energy should provide a regular and cross-sector analysis of the structural evolution and perspectives of the Union energy system and, where appropriate, more focused analysis on certain aspects of this energy system. This analysis should in particular contribute to enhancing energy security by identifying possible infrastructure and investment gaps and associated risks in view of an energy supply and demand balance and should complement national approaches, by developing regional dimensions. The analysis should also form a contribution to a discussion at Union level about energy infrastructures and should therefore be forwarded to the European Parliament, the Council and the European Economic and Social Committee and made available to interested parties.

Amendment  10

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 15 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(15a) Small and medium-sized enterprises should be able to benefit from the monitoring tool for investment projects resulting from this Regulation which will make the collected data publicly available and, in the long term, contribute to new and better coordinated investments.

Amendment  11

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 16

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(16) The Commission may be assisted by experts from Member States or any other competent experts, with a view to developing a common understanding of potential infrastructure gaps and associated risks and to fostering transparency regarding future developments.

(16) The Commission may be assisted by experts from Member States or any other competent experts; with a view to developing a common understanding of potential infrastructure gaps and associated risks and to fostering transparency regarding future developments, which is of particular interest for new market entrants.

Amendment  12

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 16 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(16a) Given the reporting of investment projects at regular intervals, the Commission should provide an analysis to the Member States notifying them of the measures necessary to reduce risks of underinvestment or inadequacy of investments.

Amendment  13

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. This Regulation establishes a common framework for the notification to the Commission of data and information on investment projects in energy infrastructure in the oil, natural gas, electricity, including electricity from renewable sources, and bio-fuel sectors, and on investment projects related to the capture and storage of carbon dioxide produced by these sectors.

1. This Regulation establishes a common framework for the notification to the Commission of data and information on investment projects in energy infrastructure in the oil, natural gas, electricity, coal and lignite and co-generation of electricity and useful heat sectors, as well as on investment projects related to bio-fuel production and the capture, transport and storage of carbon dioxide produced by these sectors.

Amendment  14

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

This Regulation shall apply to investment projects of the types listed in the Annex on which construction or decommissioning work has started or on which a final investment decision has been taken.

This Regulation shall apply to investment projects of the types listed in the Annex, as well as those included in multiannual gas and electricity network development projects on which construction or decommissioning work has started or on which a final investment decision has been taken.

Amendment  15

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – point 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. infrastructure means any type of installations or part of installations related to production, transmission and storage;

1. infrastructure means any type of installations or part of installations related to production, transmission and storage, including interconnections between the Union and third countries;

Amendment  16

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – point 2 – point ii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(ii) transforming, modernising, increasing or reducing capacities of existing infrastructure;

(ii) transforming, modernising, increasing or reducing capacities of existing infrastructure and interconnecting two or more components in existing or installed infrastructure;

Amendment  17

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – point 7 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(7a) ‘capture’ means the process of capturing carbon dioxide from industrial installations for storage purposes;

Amendment  18

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – point 11 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(11a) ‘aggregated data’ means data aggregated at a national or regional level. If aggregation at a national level would reveal the commercially sensitive information of an individual undertaking, data may be aggregated at a regional level. The appropriate regional level shall be decided by the Commission upon a joint proposal by the Member States concerned or their delegated entities;

Amendment  19

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – subparagraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The first paragraph shall not apply to undertakings where the Member State concerned decides to use other means of supplying the Commission with the data or information referred to in Article 3.

The first subparagraph shall not apply to undertakings where the Member State concerned decides to use other means of supplying the Commission with the data or information referred to in Article 3, provided that the data or information supplied is comparable and equivalent.

Justification

Even though it makes sense to avoid duplication of reporting mechanisms in case undertakings use alternative tools to supply Commission with data, it has to be ensured that the information and data provided by other means is fully compatible and comparable with the data and information provided by notification. This is an important element to improve the application of the old regulation by the new one.

Amendment  20

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) the probable year of commissioning;

(c) the probable year of commissioning and any delays incurred or expected to occur;

Amendment  21

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Member States, their delegated entities or the specific body referred to in Article 3(2)(b) may add to their notifications relevant comments, such as comments on delays or obstacles to the implementation of investment projects.

Where Member States, their delegated entities or the specific body referred to in point (b) of Article 3(2) possess any information concerning delays and/or obstacles to the implementation of investment projects, those Member States shall include that information in the notification provided under Article 3.

Justification

It has to be made clear that Member States have an obligation to add comments to their notification, in case they dispose of any information on delays or/and obstacles as regards the implementation of investment projects.

Amendment  22

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The Commission may publish data and information forwarded pursuant to this Regulation, in particular in analyses referred to in Article 10(3), provided that the data and information are published in an aggregated form and that no details concerning individual undertakings and installations are disclosed or can be inferred.

2. The Commission may publish aggregated data and information forwarded pursuant to this Regulation, in particular in analyses referred to in Article 10(3), provided that the data and information are published in an aggregated form at national or regional level and that no details concerning individual undertakings and installations are disclosed or can be inferred.

Amendment  23

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. Member States, the Commission, or their delegated entities shall each preserve the confidentiality of commercially sensitive data or information in their possession.

3. Member States, the Commission, or their delegated entities shall each preserve the confidentiality of commercially and/or strategically sensitive data or information in their possession.

Amendment  24

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Within the limits laid down by this Regulation, the Commission shall adopt, within two months after the entry into force of this Regulation, the provisions necessary for its implementation, concerning the form and other technical details of the notification of data and information referred to in Articles 3 and 5. Until then, Commission Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 833/2010 of 21 September 2010 implementing Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 617/2010 remains applicable.

Within the limits laid down by this Regulation, the Commission shall adopt, within two months after the entry into force of this Regulation, the provisions necessary for its implementation, concerning the form and other technical details of the notification of data and information referred to in Articles 3 and 5, including the application of the exemption under Article 3(2), and in particular provisions concerning the timing and content of the notifications and the entities which are subject to the reporting obligations. Until then, Commission Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 833/2010 of 21 September 2010 implementing Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 617/2010 shall remain applicable.

Justification

In order to avoid administrative burden, it is necessary to clarify how the exemption in the case of double reporting is to be applied.

Amendment  25

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – subparagraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

The Commission shall also ensure that the IT resources needed for the purposes referred to in the first paragraph guarantee the confidentiality of the data or information notified to the Commission pursuant to this Regulation.

Justification

The data and information requested by the Commission is highly sensitive for the economic operators and, therefore, the Commission must ensure the highest level of confidentiality when dealing with this data or information.

Amendment  26

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) identifying potential future gaps between energy demand and supply that are of significance from an energy policy perspective of the Union;

(a) identifying potential future gaps between energy demand and supply that are of significance from an energy policy perspective of the Union, with a special emphasis on potential forthcoming deficiencies and flaws in the production and transmission infrastructure;

Justification

The collected data and information must be used in particular to identify deficiencies as regards infrastructure investments, which could hamper the implementation of the internal energy market legislation. The instrument of notification must be used as an early-warning tool for infrastructure deficiency, which jeopardise a successful implementation of a common EU energy policy.

Amendment  27

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa) identifying the investment needed in order to improve the functioning of the internal energy market.

Justification

The collected data and information must be used in particular to identify deficiencies as regards infrastructure investments, which could hamper the implementation of the internal energy market legislation. The instrument of notification must be used as an early-warning tool for infrastructure deficiency, which jeopardise a successful implementation of a common EU energy policy.

Amendment  28

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point a b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ab) identifying cross-border transmission gaps and deficiencies that hinder the functioning of the energy internal market;

Amendment  29

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

The Commission shall provide an analysis to the Member States notifying them of the measures necessary to reduce risks of underinvestment or inadequacy of investments.

Amendment  30

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. The Commission shall discuss the analyses with interested parties, such as ENTSO-E, ENTSO-G, the Gas Coordination Group and the Oil Supply Group.

3. The Commission shall discuss the analyses with interested parties, such as ENTSO-E, ENTSO-G, the Gas Coordination Group and the Oil Supply Group. It shall forward the analyses to the European Parliament, the Council and the European Economic and Social Committee, and shall publish them.

Justification

The notification exercise should have a political purpose, notably to prepare an analysis, which provides input for a continuous a debate at European level about energy infrastructure need. Therefore the Commission shall be obliged to discuss their analyses with interested parties.

Amendment  31

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 –

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

By 31 December 2016, the Commission shall review the implementation of this Regulation, and present a report on the results of this review to the European Parliament and to the Council. In the review, the Commission shall, inter alia, examine the possible extension of the scope to include the extraction of gas, oil and coal.

By 31 December 2016, the Commission shall review the implementation of this Regulation, and present a report on the results of this review to the European Parliament and to the Council. In the review, the Commission shall, inter alia, examine the possible extension of the scope to include terminals for the exportation of compressed natural gas, as well as whether thresholds for renewable energy installations should be lowered. The Commission shall also examine the involvement of Union investment in projects in third countries which have a direct impact on the Union´s energy market and on its security of supply.

Amendment  32

Proposal for a regulation

Annex 1 – point 1.3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(1.3a) Extraction

 

– extraction installations with a capacity of not less than 1 million tonnes per annum.

Amendment  33

Proposal for a regulation

Annex 1 – point 2.3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(2.3a) Extraction

 

– plants for the conventional and/or unconventional extraction of natural gas with a capacity of 180 million m3 per annum.

Amendment  34

Proposal for a regulation

Annex 1 – point 3.1 – indent 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

– thermal and nuclear power stations (generators with a capacity of 100 MWe or more),

– thermal and nuclear power stations (generators with a capacity of 50 MWe or more),

Justification

Energy supply is increasingly organised in a decentralised manner, under the influence of climate policy and with the growing use of renewable energy. The data to be gathered must take this into account in order to enable a representative picture to be gained. The thresholds should therefore be set lower.

Amendment  35

Proposal for a regulation

Annex 1 – point 3.1 – indent 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

– wind power farms with a capacity of 20 MW or more,

– wind farms, defined as a spatial collection of wind turbines which comprise a single unit organisationally and/or technically with a capacity of 10 MW or more and individual wind turbines with a capacity of 5 MW or more,

Justification

Energy supply is increasingly organised in a decentralised manner, under the influence of climate policy and with the growing use of renewable energy. The data to be gathered must take this into account in order to enable a representative picture to be gained. The thresholds should therefore be set lower.

Amendment  36

Proposal for a regulation

Annex 1 – point 3.1 – indent 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

– photovoltaic installations (with a capacity of 10 MW or more).

– photovoltaic installations (with a capacity of 5 MW or more).

Justification

Energy supply is increasingly organised in a decentralised manner, under the influence of climate policy and with the growing use of renewable energy. The data to be gathered must take this into account in order to enable a representative picture to be gained. The thresholds should therefore be set lower.

Amendment  37

Proposal for a regulation

Annex 1 – point 3.2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3.2a. Storage

 

Electricity storage facilities

Justification

As for example hydro-pumped electricity storage

Amendment  38

Proposal for a regulation

Annex 1 – point 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a. COAL

 

3a.1 Extraction and production

 

extraction and production installations with an annual output of at least one million tonnes.

Justification

Data related to coal production and extraction needs to included in the scope of this Regulation. The shale gas developments in the US are having an impact on gas and coal price in Europe which is reviving the coal industry. Germany and the Netherlands are due to build 12.5 gigawatts of new coal capacity between 2012 and 2015. Such important infrastructure development cannot just be ignored.

(1)

OJ C 271, 19.9.2013, p. 153.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

This Commission proposal for a new Regulation following the judgment of the European Court of Justice to annul Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) N° 617/2010 concerning the notification to the Commission of investment projects in energy infrastructure within the European Union and to maintain its effects until a new regulation has been adopted on the appropriate legal basis, namely Article 194(2) TFEU.

The Court's ruling of 6 September 2012 was decided after the European Parliament took legal action against the Council in October 2010 contesting the legal basis used for the adoption of Regulation 617/2010 and requesting the Court to annul it (Case C-490/10). The Council used Articles 337 TFEU and 187 TEAEC as a legal base, on the grounds that the Regulation relates to the activity of collecting general information.

In its new proposal, the Commission proposes a Regulation with the same content and scope as the annulled Regulation. A few adaptations, which are strictly necessary due to the new legislative process, have been added. The rapporteur also notes with satisfaction that many amendments adopted by the European Parliament in 2010 through the consultation procedure were taken on board in the new proposal.

The Regulation is identical as that of the annulled Regulation. Member States are required to notify every two years to the Commission data and information on investment projects concerning production, storage and transport of oil, natural gas, electricity.

The Regulation requires that, every two years, Member States (or the entity they delegate this task to) collect and notify data and information on certain types of investment projects concerning building, modernisation or decommissioning of production, transport and storage capacities (specified in an annex to the regulation). These cover oil, natural gas, electricity, bio-fuel, as well as carbon dioxide produced from these sources. The regulation places an obligation on energy undertakings to provide the necessary data to their own member state.

The objective is to ensure that the Commission is accurately and regularly informed of investment projects in EU energy infrastructure, in order for it to be able to perform its tasks, in the field of energy. It will provide every two years a cross-sector analysis of the structural evolution and perspectives of the EU energy system and any other specific analysis needed. This would allow for an identification of potential future demand and supply gaps as well as obstacles to investment. This regulation intends to make more transparent projected demand and available supply.

The rapporteur fully supports the proposal and welcomes the new legal basis. Such an instrument is necessary and complementary to the Connecting Europe Facility to identify the needs for investments in energy infrastructures in view of achieving the internal energy market.

The rapporteur has still made some proposal to further clarify the specificities provided in order to avoid double reporting, if notifications of investments are required under other specific EU legislation, Member States will be exempted of the obligation to notify such investments.

The rapporteur also insists on reinforcing the provisions linked to confidentiality of information and data security.

The other main amendments in the draft report aim at:

   extending the scope to include coal as an important element of the energy mix and has an impact on the EU energy policy;

   including notification for infrastructure investments in third countries that have an impact on the energy networks in one or several Member States, therefore on the European energy market;

   including reporting obligations on capacities related to compressed natural gas, along the liquefied natural gas for both importation and exportation, which the rapporteur considers as very important in the future for ensuring the diversification of the EU’s gas supply;

   lowering the threshold for reporting of on-shore wind power capacities, since delocalised energy production by smaller entities can become an important part of energy production in the EU;

   extending the reporting obligations on capacities related to electricity storage facilities.


PROCEDURE

Title

Notification to the Commission of investment projects in energy infrastructure within the European Union and replacement of Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 617/2010

References

COM(2013)0153 – C7-0075/2013 – 2013/0082(COD)

Date submitted to Parliament

20.3.2013

 

 

 

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

ITRE

16.4.2013

 

 

 

Committee(s) asked for opinion(s)

       Date announced in plenary

ENVI

16.4.2013

LIBE

16.4.2013

 

 

Not delivering opinions

       Date of decision

ENVI

26.3.2013

LIBE

24.4.2013

 

 

Rapporteur(s)

       Date appointed

Adina-Ioana Vălean

21.5.2013

 

 

 

Discussed in committee

8.7.2013

2.9.2013

 

 

Date adopted

26.9.2013

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

44

3

3

Members present for the final vote

Josefa Andrés Barea, Jean-Pierre Audy, Zigmantas Balčytis, Ivo Belet, Bendt Bendtsen, Jan Březina, Maria Da Graça Carvalho, Giles Chichester, Pilar del Castillo Vera, Dimitrios Droutsas, Christian Ehler, Adam Gierek, Norbert Glante, Robert Goebbels, Fiona Hall, Jacky Hénin, Romana Jordan, Bogdan Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, Judith A. Merkies, Angelika Niebler, Jaroslav Paška, Aldo Patriciello, Vittorio Prodi, Miloslav Ransdorf, Herbert Reul, Teresa Riera Madurell, Amalia Sartori, Salvador Sedó i Alabart, Francisco Sosa Wagner, Konrad Szymański, Britta Thomsen, Patrizia Toia, Ioannis A. Tsoukalas, Claude Turmes, Marita Ulvskog, Adina-Ioana Vălean, Kathleen Van Brempt, Alejo Vidal-Quadras

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Rachida Dati, Francesco De Angelis, Elisabetta Gardini, Satu Hassi, Jolanta Emilia Hibner, Paweł Robert Kowal, Bernd Lange, Werner Langen, Marian-Jean Marinescu, Markus Pieper, Hermann Winkler

Substitute(s) under Rule 187(2) present for the final vote

Britta Reimers

Date tabled

8.10.2013

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