Local governments are key drivers of the future European Energy Union
As both energy producers and consumers, local and regional authorities are crucial to help creating a European Energy Union that is resilient and competitive. Their full involvement is essential for the success of this project, something which should be reflected through their participation in the energy regulatory authorities at national and European levels.
This is what emerges from the position of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) on the Energy Union package recently adopted today, which also calls for a European definition of energy poverty and for ambitious action to promote smart grids.
Last February the European Commission launched one of its flagship initiatives: its strategy for the creation of a European Energy Union intended to give Europe a secure, affordable, competitive and climate-friendly supply of energy. According to the CoR rapporteur Pascal Mangin (FR), Member of Alsace Regional Council, “ The Energy Union is a tremendous opportunity to reshape energy policy at the European level. By taking account of the involvement of local and regional authorities and operators and of Member States’ powers, the EU aims to offer energy at competitive prices to our fellow citizens and companies, while making the Union less reliant on fossil fuels. The Committee of the Regions intends to participate fully in this work through the expertise and capacity for action of the authorities it represents” .
The 40th Key message of the CoR opinion on the “Energy Union Package” underlines: “emphasises the importance of energy data sharing, in Member States’ legislative frameworks and possibly in compliance with future Community legislation, between key partners in the energy sector involved in the development, management and operation of projects and energy distribution companies at the local and regional level, including energy agencies, network operators, observatories and companies, for the purpose of development, implementation and monitoring of sustainable energy action plans (SEAP), thereby using the local energy data for the calculation of the Baseline Emission Inventory (BEI)“.
Press release of the Committee of the Regions
Read the opinion [CDR 1536/2015] FR DE EN IT NL DA EL ES PT FI SV CS ET HU LV LT MT PL SK SL BG RO HR
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