23-05-2016 15:00
The Gas Package – how to strengthen the EU's energy security

PHS 3C050

On 23 May 2016, ITRE organised a public hearing entitled "The Gas Package – how to strengthen the EU's energy security". This hearing was organised in view of the recent presentation of the "Gas Package" by the Commission, and ITRE involvement in the legislative work leading to the adoption of this package.

The "Gas Package" consists of four proposals, of which two are legislative (OLP procedure): namely the Regulation on security of supply and the Decision on intergovernmental agreements. The other two files concern LNG and heating and cooling. This package is one of the most important pieces of legislation to be proposed by Commission this year, with direct implications for EU-wide energy security and with impact on Member States, industry, SMEs and citizens.

The public hearing was divided in two panels. The first was entitled "The Gas Package: how to maximise European added value in energy security" while the second was entitled "Energy Union and free market - friends or foes?". Five experts were invited to participate in this hearing, representing a wide range of stakeholders.