Regulation & Policy

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

EC opens in-depth investigation into Lithuanian electricity strategic reserve

S.11. State Aid

D.2.2. The Internal Energy Market

Monday, June 3, 2019
The EC opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether Lithuanian support to AB Lietuvos Energija through the country’s strategic reserve measure may have unfairly favoured the company and distorted competition in the Single Market, thereby contravening EU State aid rules. Between 2013 and 2018, the Lithuanian ...

EC appoints new Director General for energy


D.2.2. The Internal Energy Market

Friday, May 31, 2019
The EC has appointed Ms Ditte Juul-Jørgensen as the new Director-General of the Directorate for Energy (DG ENER), effective of 01 August, after the current Director-General Dominique Ristori retires on 31 July. Ms Juul-Jørgensen, a Danish national and lawyer by training, joined the EC in 1992, ...

EC, EIB and Breakthrough Energy Ventures establish new €100 million fund to support clean energy investments

S.4. Renewable Energy

D.2.2. The Internal Energy Market

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
During the Fourth Mission Innovation Ministerial meeting in Vancouver, the EC, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Breakthrough Energy Ventures created a new €100 million investment fund called Breakthrough Energy Ventures Europe (BEV-E). The fund will assist clean energy technology innovators bring their product to ...

France and Ireland ask EU funding for Celtic Interconnector

S.2. Internal Energy Market

D.2.2. The Internal Energy Market

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
In an open letter sent to President Juncker, the leaders of France and Ireland asked the EC to back their request for €667 million to finance the construction of the Celtic Interconnector project, with funds provided by the Innovation and Network Executive Agency (INEA). The cable ...

“Clean Energy for All Europeans” Package Officially Adopted

S.12. Clean Energy for All Europeans

D.2.2. The Internal Energy Market

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
The final four files of the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” Package have been officially adopted. Following the adoption of the trilogue agreement text by the EP on 26 March 2019, the Council has now approved the text of the Electricity Market Regulation and Directive, ...

EC issues guidance on implementation of revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

S.12. Clean Energy for All Europeans

D.2.2. The Internal Energy Market

Thursday, May 16, 2019
The EC published Recommendations on how EU Member States should implement the revised building renovation component of the EPBD, thereby responding to requests for clarifications from Member States as they embark upon the process of transposing the new and revised provisions into their respective national ...

EC requests mandate for negotiation of Energy Charter Treaty investment provisions modernisation

S.9.3. International Cooperation

D.9.3. International Cooperation

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
The EC adopted a draft mandate to partake in negotiations on behalf of the EU to modernise the Energy Charter Treaty, a plurilateral trade and investment agreement. The negotiations would result in a revision of certain provisions of the Treaty to reflect the EU’s reformed ...

Shareholders reject €9 billion Chinese bid for EDP

S.2.3. Regional Initiatives

D.2.3. Regional Initiatives

Thursday, April 25, 2019
Shareholders in Energias de Portugal (EDP), the largest company in Portugal, blocked a €9 billion takeover bid this week by state-owned China Three Gorges (CTG) Corporation. CTG is already the biggest EDP shareholder with a 23.27% share. CTG claimed that, whatever the outcome of the ...