Regulation & Policy

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

Launch of the Policy Support Facility for EU Member States research and innovation policies

S.6.1. Horizon 2020

D.6.1. Horizon 2020

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
The EC has launched a new Policy Support Facility (“PSF”) to help EU Member States develop their research and innovation policies. Bulgaria and Hungary are the first EU Member States to have already signed on to the PSF, and their policies will be reviewed by ...

EU Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič secures “summer package” for gas

S.9.1. Security of Energy Supply

D.9.1. Security of Energy Supply

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
The EU Vice-President for the Energy Union, Mr. Maroš Šefčovič, has negotiated a “summer package” for the supply of Russian gas to Europe through Ukraine, shortly before the end of the current “winter package”, due to expire at the end of the month. In exchange ...

ENSTO-E launches online consultation on Harmonised Allocation Rules for forward capacity allocation

S.2.1. Third Energy Package

D.2.1. Third Energy Package

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
On 02 March 2015, ENSTO-E launched an online public consultation on Harmonised Allocation Rules, as part of its implementation of the Forward Capacity Allocation NC. The consultation will be open until 30 March 2015, and is available here. ENSTO-E will moreover hold a public workshop on ...

EC withdraws legal action against Poland for failure to fully transpose the RES Directive

S.10.1. Energy Law

D.10.1. Energy Law

Thursday, February 26, 2015
The 2009 Renewable Energy Directive had to be transposed into national law by all EU Member States by 5 December 2010. The EC had “sent a Letter of Formal Notice in January 2011, a Reasoned Opinion in March 2012 and referred the case to the ...

EC takes action towards reaching the 10% electricity interconnection target

S.3.1. The Energy Infrastructure Regulation

D.3.1. The Energy Infrastructure Regulation

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
At the same time as it revealed the Energy Union Strategic Framework, the EC also presented a Communication on how to achieve the 10% interconnection target by 2020. Currently, 12 countries are still below the 10% interconnection target. To increase this number, the PCIs need ...

EC redefines EU Energy policy

S.1. Energy Strategies

D.1.3. EU Energy Union

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
The EU Vice-President for the Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič, with the EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, presented the Energy Union Strategic Framework. The Energy Union Strategic Framework consists of five dimensions, namely (i) “Energy security, solidarity and trust” which is ...

MSR for EU ETS to start at the end of 2018

S.7.1. The European Emissions Trading System

D.7.1. The European Emissions Trading System

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The ENVI Committee adopted its position on the MSR for the EU ETS, including an operational date for the MSR of 31 December 2018 instead of 2021 as per the EC’s legislative proposal. The MSR is aimed at reducing EU ETS allowances when there is ...

EU leaders push for an international agreement with ambitious target of 60% reduction of GHG emissions by 2050

S.7.1. The European Emissions Trading System

D.7.1. The European Emissions Trading System

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The EC Communication on the Road to Paris has given a clear indication of the level of ambition of EU leaders for the UNFCCC in Paris in December 2015. The Communication states that the EU’s aim is for the Conference to lead to a binding ...