On 25 February the European Commission published its proposals for an Energy Union for Europe. These include plans for an electricity market re-design and energy investments driven by the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS), not subsidies in future. The Commission will push back on the renationalisation of energy policy and foresees a greater role for EU institutions in both the gas and electricity markets. On gas, the Commission wants to be involved in Member States negotiations of intergovernmental energy agreements with third countries such as Russia, for example. It plans a substantial suite of initiatives on energy efficiency and decarbonising of transport.
But amongst all these plans, what is the Commission going to prioritise? What will Member States push forward? Heads of state and government in March did not embrace all of the Commission’s proposals and EU ETS reform is proving extremely contentious.
Will Energy Union deliver an energy transition for Europe? What’s the best way forward? Will it stimulate growth, jobs, investment and innovation? Is Brussels getting the balance right between the short- and long-term, electricity and gas, and renewables, efficiency and conventional fuels and infrastructure? How can the Juncker Plan best help implement the Energy Union? How does the Energy Union relate to the 2030 climate and energy goals and what kind of governance system could serve them best? Finally, can Brussels deliver?
Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Energy Union
Maroš Šefčovič is a Slovak career diplomat and since 1 November 2014 Vice President of the European Commission in charge of the Energy Union. In this capacity, he leads the “Energy Union” Project Team within the Commission which comprises of 14 commissioners. In 2014 he was elected as the Member of the European Parliament. From 2010 to 2014 he was Vice President of the European Commission in charge of Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration. In 2009-2010, he was European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth. From 2004 – 2009, he was the Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to the European Union. He graduated from the University of Economy in Bratislava and the Moscow State Institute for Foreign Relations. He holds a degree as Doctor of Law and a PhD of European Law from the Comenius University, Faculty of Law, Bratislava. He also studied at Stanford University, USA.
Morten Helveg Petersen MEP
ALDE Group, Vice-Chair Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)
Morten Helveg Petersen is a Danish member of the European Parliament since 2014. He is Vice-chair of ITRE-committee and a substitute member in LIBE-committee.From 1998-2009 he was elected Member of Danish Parliament for the Social-Liberal Party (Radikale Venstre). During his time in Danish Parliament he was Spokesman on finance, business, foreign affairs, defence and IT. From 2009–2012 he was the managing director of the Association of Danish Internet Media, where he was a member of the Commission on future media support. From 2012 –2014 he was Deputy Director of Danske Medier, a merger of seven media organizations.He graduated from University of Copenhagen in 1992, and holds a degree in economics.
Vice-President Statoil EU Affairs office
Anders Marvik is currently vice-president and head of Statoil EU affairs. He has worked in the oil and gas industry for 20 years, and has gained broad industry understanding and knowledge. He has held several international management roles, and gained deep experience in energy politics, strategy, business intelligence, industry analysis, business development, treasury, technical understanding and full value chain knowledge and experience.
Moderated by leading environment journalist Sonja van Renssen
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Live debate "State of the Energy Union: is there progress?", panellists: Maroš Šefčovič (Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Energy Union), Jerzy Buzek MEP and Anders Marvik (Vice-President Statoil EU Affairs office).