EU energy ministers agree on Energy Union system rules

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Spanish Minister for Energy, Tourism, and the Digital Agenda Alvaro Nadal Belda (L) and EU Climate and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete at the start of a Council meeting to discuss clean energy package laws, Brussels, December 18, 2017.

New rules to ensure long-term policy coherence and stability in the climate and energy sector


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On 18 December, the European Union energy ministers agreed on a general approach (negotiating position) on a regulation setting out the system for the governance of the Energy Union, which integrates, climate and energy planning into a single framework.

The regulation, which is part of the clean energy package, establishes a cooperation and control mechanism to oversee the implementation of the 2030 EU climate and energy policy objectives and targets, in particular those regarding renewables, energy efficiency, interconnections and greenhouse gas emissions, the European Council said, adding that the new rules will, above all, ensure long-term policy coherence and stability in the climate and energy sector, provide certainty to investors and enhance coordination between member states.

“The debate in the Council has shown the determination of all member states to create a resilient Energy Union,” Estonia’s Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Minister Kadri Simson said. “Today’s agreement is its cornerstone, providing robust rules, an effective framework for implementation and is future-proof. Energy and climate goals are two sides of the same coin and it is crucial to look at them together, to make sure our policies are coherent.”

Following in-depth discussions on the Commission’s proposal, the Council has included the following main elements in its position: national energy and climate plans; tracking the renewable energy target achievement; internal energy market; and reporting.

Following the agreement on December 18, the Council is ready to start negotiations with the co-legislator in the New Year.

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