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Parliamentary questions
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16 October 2013
P-011809-13
Question for written answer P-011809-13
to the Commission
Rule 117
Jo Leinen (S&D)

 Subject:  Upcoming communication: ‘Delivering the internal electricity market: making the most of government intervention’
 Answer in writing 

It was reported in the German press this week that the Commission had recently decided to remove key data on support measures for fossil fuels and nuclear energy from its upcoming communication, ‘Delivering the internal electricity market: making the best of public intervention’.

This document aims to provide guidance to Member States on designing energy policies which keep market distortions to a minimum. The initial inclusion of the relevant figures for fossil fuels, nuclear, and renewable energy alike was appreciated as being transparent and coherent information. The subsidies for the different energy sources must be in line with the overall objective of achieving a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 80-95% by 2050 as compared to 1990. Thus, support for renewable energy is crucial, given the EU’s commitment to realising the internal energy market and increasing the share of renewable energy to 20% by 2020, and also beyond as a ‘no regrets’ option.

Can the Commission please explain the rationale for the decision not to include the above figures in the final document?

 OJ C 218, 10/07/2014
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