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Governance of the energy union [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Alex Benjamin Wilson (1st edition),

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On 30 November 2016, the Commission proposed a regulation on governance of the energy union, as part of its ‘Clean energy for all Europeans’ package. The proposal is designed to integrate and simplify planning, reporting and monitoring obligations of the Commission and EU Member States, to make it easier to monitor overall progress and address weaknesses in implementing the goals of energy union, in particular the EU targets on renewables, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions set out in the 2030 Climate and Energy Framework. National energy and climate plans are to be prepared for the 2021-2030 period, followed by progress reports. Both plans and reports will use binding templates, and gain early input from the Commission. The reform includes enhanced measures for public and regional consultation. It also proposes to set up national and EU registries and inventories on greenhouse gas emissions, as a means to assess progress in meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The proposal also outlines some additional measures the Commission can take to ensure EU targets on renewables and efficiency are met.


Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Governance of the Energy Union, amending Directive 94/22/EC, Directive 98/70/EC, Directive 2009/31/EC, Regulation (EC) No 663/2009, Regulation (EC) No 715/2009, Directive 2009/73/EC, Council Directive 2009/119/EC, Directive 2010/31/EU, Directive 2012/27/EU, Directive 2013/30/EU and Council Directive (EU) 2015/652 and repealing Regulation (EU) No 525/2013
Committee responsible:


Shadow rapporteurs:






Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)

Claude Turmes (Greens/EFA, Luxembourg)

Gunnar Hökmark (EPP, Sweden)

Theresa Griffin (S&D, United Kingdom)

Evžen Tošenovský (ECR, Czech Republic)

Carolina Punset (ALDE, Spain)

João Ferreira (GUE/NGL, Portugal)

Jean-Luc Schaffhauser (ENF; France

COM(2016) 767 of 30.11.2016

procedure ref.: 2016/0375 (COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Next steps expected: Initial discussions in committee


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