Regulation & Policy

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

Leaked European Council Conclusions hint towards uneventful Summit

S.1. Energy Strategies

D.1.3. EU Energy Union

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Draft European Council Conclusions have been leaked two days before the start of the meeting of the EU Heads of State and Government in Brussels (i.e., on 19-20 March 2015). According to these draft Conclusions, EU leaders will focus on the new EC Energy Union ...

Court of Auditors criticizes EFSI

S.3. Energy Infrastructure

D.3.5. The European Fund for Strategic Investment

Monday, March 16, 2015
The Court of Auditors published its opinion on the EFSI legislative proposal, pointing out among others that the EC should explain to the citizens how “the risks to public money will be managed and scrutinized” because as the proposal stands right now, it does not ...

Is the Energy Union lacking focus on energy efficiency?

S.1. Energy Strategies

D.1.3. EU Energy Union

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
In a recent interview, Celine Carré, the Vice-President of Euroace, the Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings, commented on how the Energy Union takes into account energy efficiency, welcoming the fact that the Energy Union Paper reflects Euroace’s vision of energy efficiency “as ...

EU Member States actively support the EFSI

S.3. Energy Infrastructure

D.3.5. The European Fund for Strategic Investment

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The Economic and Financial Affairs Council has agreed on the establishment of the EFSI following the EC’s legislative proposal of 13 January 2015. Now that the EU Finance Ministers have reached an agreement, the EP needs to agree on a common position before the negotiations between ...

CWE flow-based market coupling faces delay

S.2.3. Regional Initiatives

D.2.3. Regional Initiatives

Friday, March 6, 2015
The partners of the CWE region (i.e., Austria, the Benelux, France and Germany) Flow-Based Market Coupling (“FBMC”) published in a statement that the launch of the FBMC was being pushed back to 20 May 2015, a month after its planned launch date. The FBMC partners, ...

Greek state aid receives EC clearance

S.10.2. Competition Law

D.10.2. Competition Law

Friday, March 6, 2015
The EC has authorized several state aid requests for the Greek energy sector. The EC first approved the request to bring aid to the Greek TSO, ADMIE, for the interconnection of the “Thessaloniki X (Finikas)” substation to the “Thessaloniki IV (Nea Elvetia)” substation through a ...

ENTSO-E weighs in on how to implement the Energy Union

S.1. Energy Strategies

D.1.3. EU Energy Union

Thursday, March 5, 2015
ENTSO-E has published a position paper containing the following six recommendations for the implementation of the Energy Union: (i) smooth implementation of existing legislation, specifically the adoption and implementation of the NCs; (ii) the development of a communication plan in which the benefits of transmission ...

The Energy Council discussed the Energy Union and other topics

S.1. Energy Strategies

D.1.3. EU Energy Union

Thursday, March 5, 2015
The Energy Council discussed the Energy Union as well as the Communication on how to achieve the 10% electricity interconnection target. Concerning the Energy Union, even though it was welcomed by the EU Energy Ministers, many also pointed out the importance of respecting EU Member ...