Ahead of a meeting of the Directors-General for Energy and Climate on 15 July 2015, EGEC releases today a position paper setting out concrete proposals to develop a reliable and transparent Energy Union governance system.
- A reliable, transparent, and integrated governance system of the Energy Union must make clear how, in the absence of 2030 national binding targets for renewables and energy efficiency, the meeting of EU-wide targets will be assured, and who will be responsible in case of failure.
- The governance system must be based on a number of legal principles: existing legal obligations for the achievement of the 2020 targets should remain untouched; new rules and processes governing the Energy Union should be agreed by the Council and Parliament in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure. Also, Member States must be accountable for their actions, as the achievement of the 2030 targets primarily depends on them.
- Ensuring the 2030 targets for RES and energy efficiency are met: a combination of binding measures and EU financial mechanisms is a desirable option. A ‘carrot and stick’ framework, led by the EC, could be developed in four stages: