Recent Trends in EU Energy Prices

19-12-2014

This paper was prepared by Policy Department A at the request of the Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE). Energy prices became more volatile and fell dramatically due to economic, political and structural changes to the economy. Lasting lower prices will spur global- and EU-wide economic growth. Gas, electricity, and oil product prices move in parallel, albeit with some delay, and with large differences across EU Member States and commodities. Furthermore, the recent fall was in several Member States mitigated by an increase in taxes.

This paper was prepared by Policy Department A at the request of the Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE). Energy prices became more volatile and fell dramatically due to economic, political and structural changes to the economy. Lasting lower prices will spur global- and EU-wide economic growth. Gas, electricity, and oil product prices move in parallel, albeit with some delay, and with large differences across EU Member States and commodities. Furthermore, the recent fall was in several Member States mitigated by an increase in taxes.