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What if we let consumer electricity prices fluctuate?

10-01-2019

Electricity production from renewable sources such as wind and solar energy is expanding rapidly in Europe and around the world. However, integrating these fluctuating sources into the grid is increasingly becoming a challenge for grid operators that need to match electricity supply with demand. Switching over to a new electricity market system where the demand would better adapt to the supply could be crucial for the success of the transition towards a low-carbon society.

Electricity production from renewable sources such as wind and solar energy is expanding rapidly in Europe and around the world. However, integrating these fluctuating sources into the grid is increasingly becoming a challenge for grid operators that need to match electricity supply with demand. Switching over to a new electricity market system where the demand would better adapt to the supply could be crucial for the success of the transition towards a low-carbon society.

Measures to address the crisis in the dairy sector

23-05-2016

The milk crisis in the EU has persisted since 2015. In light of the situation facing the dairy sector and recognising that the outlook for milk prices is not encouraging, Parliament has requested the Commission and the Council to provide an update in plenary on measures to address the situation.

The milk crisis in the EU has persisted since 2015. In light of the situation facing the dairy sector and recognising that the outlook for milk prices is not encouraging, Parliament has requested the Commission and the Council to provide an update in plenary on measures to address the situation.

Recent Trends in Energy Prices

15-12-2015

After a dramatic fall in 2014, oil and fuel prices in euro terms increased in the first part of 2015, before decreasing again and since mid-2015 to record low levels, similar to early 2015. However, retail gas and electricity prices - which traditionally follow similar trends with some delay stabilized or in some cases even increased, in large part due to higher taxes. Large differences persist amongst EU Member States and commodities. Conversely, most experts claim that fossil fuel prices can be ...

After a dramatic fall in 2014, oil and fuel prices in euro terms increased in the first part of 2015, before decreasing again and since mid-2015 to record low levels, similar to early 2015. However, retail gas and electricity prices - which traditionally follow similar trends with some delay stabilized or in some cases even increased, in large part due to higher taxes. Large differences persist amongst EU Member States and commodities. Conversely, most experts claim that fossil fuel prices can be expected to stay “low for long.” Notwithstanding important recent progress in developing renewable fuel sources, low fossil fuel prices could discourage innovation in and adoption of cleaner energy technologies. This paper was prepared by Policy Department A for the Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE).

Comparative Analysis of Risk Management Tools Supported by the 2014 US Farm Bill and the CAP 2014-2020

15-12-2014

The 2014 Farm Bill includes risk management tools as an integral component of national agricultural policy whereas the CAP 2014-2020 seems to include them as an afterthought. While EU principles are sound, policies remain in limbo. They suffer from a double dichotomy: two CAP pillars and two administrative levels for implementation. Ten recommendations are proposed for transforming the current state of limbo for EU agricultural risk management policy into a coherent CAP linked to world markets. ...

The 2014 Farm Bill includes risk management tools as an integral component of national agricultural policy whereas the CAP 2014-2020 seems to include them as an afterthought. While EU principles are sound, policies remain in limbo. They suffer from a double dichotomy: two CAP pillars and two administrative levels for implementation. Ten recommendations are proposed for transforming the current state of limbo for EU agricultural risk management policy into a coherent CAP linked to world markets. They cover (1) EU coordination between public safety nets and private risk management tools, (2) flexible funding with improved reserve funds and precautionary savings, and (3) field tests to take full advantage of the creativity of private-public partnerships and to create an experience curve.

Autor externo

Jean Cordier (UMR SMART-LERECO, Agrocampus Ouest INRA)

Proceedings of the Workshop on "Monday Effect – Fuel Price Manipulation"

15-01-2014

Significant price changes on certain days in a week or periods of the year indicate that fuel price movements do not exclusively depend on supply and demand. A number of Member States, for instance Germany, The United Kingdom and Spain have already started to investigate the issue; instruments to enhance price transparency have been established in some of them. The European Commission has launched enquiries. Fuel prices must now be reported to the European Commission. Recently the OECD also published ...

Significant price changes on certain days in a week or periods of the year indicate that fuel price movements do not exclusively depend on supply and demand. A number of Member States, for instance Germany, The United Kingdom and Spain have already started to investigate the issue; instruments to enhance price transparency have been established in some of them. The European Commission has launched enquiries. Fuel prices must now be reported to the European Commission. Recently the OECD also published a report on the matter. The aim of the workshop is to have a look into the development of fuel prices in the EU. The results of the discussion will feed into the deliberations on competition policy in the ECON committee.

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Sean ENNIS (OECD, Paris, France), Milagros AVEDILLO CARRETERO (Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia, Madrid, Spain), Marta GARCÍA ÁLVAREZ (Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia, Madrid, Spain), Sandro GLEAVE (Bundeskartellamt, Bonn, Germany), Frode STEEN (Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen, Norway), Jordi RIPOLLÉS PIQUERAS (Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain) and Jürgen ALBRECHT (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil Club e.V. - ADAC, Munich, Germany) , Authors: Lewis CROFTS (MLex, Brussels, Belgium - for the summary of the workshop discussion) and Robert-Jan JARVIS (background, under the supervision of Doris KOLASSA and Stephanie HONNEFELDER)

Raw materials for Europe: European Innovation Partnership

04-12-2012

Europe is dependant on imports for many raw materials, and reliable supplies of these are critical to its competitiveness. Global trends show that competition for raw materials will increase in the future and that price levels are unpredictable. The European Commission has responded to these challenges with the Raw Materials Initiative and the launch of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials, which aims to accelerate innovation and research and development.

Europe is dependant on imports for many raw materials, and reliable supplies of these are critical to its competitiveness. Global trends show that competition for raw materials will increase in the future and that price levels are unpredictable. The European Commission has responded to these challenges with the Raw Materials Initiative and the launch of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials, which aims to accelerate innovation and research and development.

The Mechanisms of the Single CMO and Risk Management Instruments under the New CAP

15-03-2012

This note analyses the European Commission’s proposals for reform of the common agricultural policy for the period 2014–2020. The analysis focuses on measures intended to respond to the volatility of agricultural markets. After explaining the possible justifications for public action aimed at mitigating and managing risks in agriculture, we will examine the effectiveness of the new measures that have been proposed, which include a crisis reserve and mutual funds for economic losses, as well as the ...

This note analyses the European Commission’s proposals for reform of the common agricultural policy for the period 2014–2020. The analysis focuses on measures intended to respond to the volatility of agricultural markets. After explaining the possible justifications for public action aimed at mitigating and managing risks in agriculture, we will examine the effectiveness of the new measures that have been proposed, which include a crisis reserve and mutual funds for economic losses, as well as the effectiveness of the measures that will be kept in place. Our recommendations include in particular the establishment of transparent and credible rules for public action in order to promote the development of risk management markets.

Autor externo

Alexandre Gohin (UMR SMART Agrocampus Ouest, INRA, Rennes, France)

Food supply chain in Europe

26-09-2011

Recent fluctuations in food prices have drawn attention to the need to ensure a properly functioning food supply chain.  

Recent fluctuations in food prices have drawn attention to the need to ensure a properly functioning food supply chain.  

The European Union's Raw Materials Strategy

31-03-2011

Discussions about the security of raw material supply have become more and more intense in 2010. Prices for several resources have risen significantly. As many mass resources like iron ore were affected, price developments have been a critical and visible factor for several industries. Furthermore, international trade restrictions on rare earths markets attracted public attention. The European Commission has defined a resource strategy that takes the different responsibilities of private and public ...

Discussions about the security of raw material supply have become more and more intense in 2010. Prices for several resources have risen significantly. As many mass resources like iron ore were affected, price developments have been a critical and visible factor for several industries. Furthermore, international trade restrictions on rare earths markets attracted public attention. The European Commission has defined a resource strategy that takes the different responsibilities of private and public sector into account. Additionally, it has taken important first steps to implement the resource strategy. The recent communication of the European Commission documents the progress made in the last years and lists several relevant measures for the future. However, larger steps towards a more detailed strategy remain necessary. The policy mix must be tailored to each raw material, at least to the most critical ones. This has not been elaborated yet. Instead, the communication is overloaded with discussions on energy, agriculture and financial markets, which do not bear a solution for resource supply problems of the manufacturing sector.

Autor externo

BARDT, Hubertus (Cologne Institute for Economic Research, Köln, Germany) and KARAPINAR (Overseas Development Institute - ODI, UK)

The evaluation of the impact of reforms that have affected the sector and the needs of European livestock system

22-10-2010

The protein crop sector plays a strategic role in the agro-food chain and has positive environmental effects. Nevertheless, production has dramatically fallen in last five years. This note outlines the implications of the decline in protein crop production on EU livestock’s competitiveness and describes the main issues pertinent to EU policy options in the post 2013 scenario.

The protein crop sector plays a strategic role in the agro-food chain and has positive environmental effects. Nevertheless, production has dramatically fallen in last five years. This note outlines the implications of the decline in protein crop production on EU livestock’s competitiveness and describes the main issues pertinent to EU policy options in the post 2013 scenario.

Autor externo

Ms Alessandra PESCE - INEA (Istituto Nazionale di Economia Agraria)

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