Regulation on the governance of the energy union and national energy and climate plans
One of the priorities of the Juncker Commission has been the creation of an energy union. The goal is to offer Europe and its citizens reasonably priced, secure and sustainable energy. The Energy Union covers five dimensions: energy security, an internal energy market, energy efficiency, decarbonisation (incl. renewable energy), and research, innovation and competitiveness. The EU recently adopted the legislative proposals that make up the Clean Energy Package, which will implement the objectives of the Energy Union.
The package sets out joint targets for improving energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy by 2030. It also contains a governance mechanism to monitor the achievement of these targets (Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 on the Governance of the Energy Union and Climate Action).
National energy and climate plans to be finalised during Finland’s Presidency
A topical issue during Finland’s Presidency is discussing how to achieve the targets for renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Under the governance rules, member states have submitted integrated national energy and climate plans (NECPs) to the Commission, outlining how they will achieve their respective targets on all dimensions of the Energy Union.
The Commission published its assessment of the draft NECPs on 18 June 2019. It assessed whether the plans are sufficient to achieve the renewable energy and energy efficiency targets by 2030.
In addition, the Commission issued country-specific recommendations to help the member states finalise their NECPs by the end of 2019.
Finland’s Presidency proposes to promote the jointly agreed energy and climate targets and thereby push forward the process of finalising the NECPs. The aim is to launch a political debate on the matter in order to provide guidance at ministerial level for further work.
Energy ministers to discuss energy and climate plans in September
During Finland’s Presidency, the NECPs will be discussed in the July meeting of the Working Party on Energy and in the September Energy Council.
The Commission published the communication assessing the draft NECPs in June 2019. The final agenda of the Energy Council meeting in September will be based on the Commission’s assessment.
It is important that the Energy Council seek to establish politically consistent practices and ensure an effective process. After all, it is the member states that are collectively responsible for the achievement of EU targets.
The debate on the NECPs is also linked to the EU’s long-term climate strategy.
Sanna Ek-Husson, Senior Energy Specialist, Finland's Permanent Representation to the EU, tel. +32 470 206 178, [email protected]
Petteri Kuuva, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 295 064 819, [email protected]
Markku Kinnunen, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 295 064 792, [email protected]