Hughes Belin introduces the top 5 Energy issues the EU institutions are discussing at the moment, namely:
- Internal energy market: EU Energy Ministers’ conclusions last June outlined a huge shopping list to achieve the internal energy market by the end of 2014. The European Commission is poised to issue a package including a communication and guidelines on market design, support schemes for renewables and vulnerable customers.
- Energy infrastructure: investments for the current decade need to increase by 30 % for gas and by 70 % for electricity compared to 2010 levels. This is to integrate the whole European energy network by 2015 and to deliver the 2020 climate targets.
- Nuclear energy: The nuclear safety directive is a key dossier for the Lithuanian Presidency. It wants to progress in order to facilitate early adoption of the proposal in 2014. The European Economic and Social Committee is due to issue its opinion in mid-September.
- Technology: EU institutions are now entering the last phase of the adoption of Horizon 2020, the EU framework programme for research and development. Horizon 2020 reflects the priorities of the EU strategy on energy technology, materialised in the so-called strategic energy technology plan or SET-plan.
- 2030 energy and climate framework: The subject will be discussed at the Informal Energy council on the 19th and 20th of September in Vilnius, together with the internal energy market and the external dimension of energy policy. A formal Energy Council will take place on the 12th of December.