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MEPS adopt position on new energy market design

Friday, February 23, 2018

The EP is now ready to start negotiations with the Council.


The ITRE Committee adopted its position on four documents that form part of the ‘Clean Energy for All’ Package, namely the Regulation and Directive on Common Rules for the Internal Market in Electricity, the Regulation Establishing an Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators, and the Risk Preparedness Regulation.

ITRE adopted the amendments to the Draft Reports of Rapporteur Krišjānis Kariņš on the Proposals for a Directive and a Regulation on Common Rules for the Internal Market in Electricity. Regarding the Directive, the political groups agreed on 37 compromise amendments before the ITRE MEPs voted on the 1344 total tabled amendments. With 52 MEPs in favour and 7 against the ITRE Committee have agreed on a position.

As to the Regulation, 46 compromise amendments were agreed before the MEPs voted on the total 1576 amendments. The Regulation was approved with 52 votes in favour and 10 against. The ENVI Committee also provided its Opinion with 121 amendments for the Directive and 162 for the Regulation.

The ITRE Committee also adopted the amendments to the draft Report of Rapporteur Morten Helveg Petersen on the ACER Regulation with 52 MEPs in favour and 7 against. In addition, Rapporteur Flavio Zanonato’s draft Report on Risk Preparedness, for which 233 amendments were tabled, was adopted with 55 votes in favour and 3 against. Political groups agreed on 26 compromise amendments covering most of the text.

The ITRE Committee also voted in favour of entering inter-institutional talks with the Council and the EC, meaning that the Rapporteurs could officially start the trilogue negotiations on these files once the Council adopts its position.

The negotiations between the Council and the EP on the Directive and Regulation on electricity market design are likely to be rough due to the complexity of the text. As for the other two draft texts (ACER Regulation and Risk Preparedness), the EP will be defending more ambitious positions than the Council.