Regulation & Policy

For ease of reference, S.and D. correspond to the Sections and Dossiers of the Quarterly

EU-Iceland agreement signed over second phase of the Kyoto Protocol

S.7.1. The European Emissions Trading System

D.7.1. The European Emissions Trading System

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The EU has signed an agreement with Iceland concerning their joint fulfillment of the second phase of the Kyoto Protocol. Under this agreement, Iceland will join the EU and EU Member States in reducing their GHG emissions by 20% for the 2013-2020 period. The agreement ...

Beginning of the codecision trilogues on MSR


D.7.1. The European Emissions Trading System

Monday, March 30, 2015
On 25 March 2015, the Energy Council of the EU agreed on a position concerning the MSR for the EU ETS: They want the MSR to “absorb the 900 million backloaded allowances in 2018” although the Council wants the MSR to only become operational in ...

MEPs issue statement in support of NSCOGI as being essential for Energy Union

S.1. Energy Strategies

D.1.3. EU Energy Union

Friday, March 27, 2015
MEPs Ian Duncan (Scottish Conservative Party) and Bas Eickhout (Dutch Green Party) have issued a joint statement urging policymakers to place the North Sea’s Offshore Grid Initiative (“NSCOGI”) at the top of their priorities for the accomplishment of the Energy Union. They argue that the ...

Widespread failure to transpose Energy Efficiency Directive

S.10.1. Energy Law

D.10.1. Energy Law

Thursday, March 26, 2015
The EC launched infringement procedures against 27 EU Member States, Malta being the only State to be spared, for failing to transpose the Energy Efficiency Directive into national law. Twenty-six EU Member States indeed failed to notify the EC by 01 July 2014 of the ...

Next steps for Energy Union Package unveiled

S.1. Energy Strategies

D.1.3. EU Energy Union

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
On 23 March 2015, Mr. Maroš Šefčovič, theVice-President for the Energy Union, addressed the ITRE Committee on the next steps in the implementation of the Energy Union Package. He welcomed the European Council Conclusions of 19 March 2015, which showed the support of EU Member States ...

Approval of Danish state aid

S.10.2. Competition Law

D.10.2. Competition Law

Friday, March 20, 2015
The EC has decided not to raise any objections against the Danish state aid to incentivise “solar photovoltaic installations and other renewable energy technologies”. The aid, which will represent a total budget of around €40 million, will not be financed by the State budget but ...

European Council concludes with endorsement of the Energy Union

S.1. Energy Strategies

D.1.3. EU Energy Union

Friday, March 20, 2015
The EU Heads of State and Government concluded their Summit of 19-20 March in Brussels by adopting Council Conclusions endorsing the EC’s Energy Union Package. The Conclusions were very similar to those leaked on 17 March 2015 (see news “Leaked European Council Conclusions hint towards uneventful ...

ACER publishes European Register of Market Participants

S.2. Internal Energy Market

D.2.5. Regulation on Energy Market Integrity and Transparency

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
ACER published the European Register of Market Participants, in line with REMIT’s requirement which seeks to increase the transparency of energy wholesale markets. The Register contains a list of more than 300 market participants registered by NRAs alongside a List of Standard Contracts, containing more ...