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ENVI and ITRE vote on Governance of the Energy Union

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The vote in the Council is on 18 December, while the EP will vote on the proposal in its Plenary in January 2018

The EP’s Committees on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) held a joint meeting in which they carried out a vote on the draft Report on Governance of the Energy Union. Co-Rapporteurs Michèle Rivasi and Claude Turmes’ draft Report saw 1.700 amendments tabled, while political groups submitted 93 compromise proposals ahead of the vote.

The EC’s policy proposal for a governance mechanism represents a framework that is envisioned will act as an umbrella legislation allowing the energy acts and policies that are part of the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ Package to work in harmony.

The proposed amendments to the EC’s Proposal are linked in various ways to other pieces of the Package, which caused heated debates prior to the vote. The first part of the vote was carried out by ENVI’s Vice-Chair, Pavel Poc, while the second part was carried out by ITRE’s Vice-Chair, Hans-Olaf Henkel. The vote depicted how divided the room was since many of the decisions on the amendments were too close that the chairs had to check them electronically.

In the final roll-call vote, the two Committees approved the Report on Governance of the Energy Union with 61 votes in favour, 46 against, and 9 abstentions.

The Council will adopt its position on the Governance of the Energy Union Proposal on the 18 December 2017, while the EP will vote on it, and on other legislative acts belonging to the ‘Clean Energy for All’ Package, in its Plenary session between 15 and 18 January 2018.