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Parliamentary questions
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14 December 2016
Question for written answer E-009402-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Clara Eugenia Aguilera García (S&D) , Inés Ayala Sender (S&D) , José Blanco López (S&D) , Soledad Cabezón Ruiz (S&D) , Jonás Fernández (S&D) , Iratxe García Pérez (S&D) , Eider Gardiazabal Rubial (S&D) , Enrique Guerrero Salom (S&D) , Sergio Gutiérrez Prieto (S&D) , Ramón Jáuregui Atondo (S&D) , Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D) , Javi López (S&D) , Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero Fernández (S&D) , Elena Valenciano (S&D)

 Subject:  Combating energy poverty in the EU
 Answer in writing 

Millions of families in the EU are suffering the drastic effects of energy poverty. Meanwhile the Commission has presented a ‘winter package’ on energy market reform that lacks ambition, the Spanish Supreme Court has ruled against the social bonus — which is a widespread practice in Portugal and France — and Spain’s Minister for Energy has revealed that the Commission ordered governments not to make electricity bills a tool of ‘social policy’ because this would ‘change market conditions’.

We, however, believe that priority should be given to establishing an EU framework to combat energy poverty, one that promotes low tariffs and revises the taxes and levies found in energy bills. EU funds promoting energy efficiency and self-generation should likewise focus their attention on those members of the public hit by energy poverty so that they too benefit from better energy efficiency obligations, improvements in the retail market and promotion of self-consumption.

1. What methods does the Commission think should be used to ensure that those people suffering energy poverty in the EU receive the assistance available?

2. Does it believe social support measures that comply with EU rules on free competition can be developed to help people suffering from energy poverty?

3. Is it planning to drive forward measures of this kind?

Original language of question: ES 
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