Local leaders adopt three opinions on the energy package as the key tool to revamp growth and fight global warming

The members of the European Committee of the Regions have adopted a set of legislative and policy recommendations on the energy package, presented by the European Commission in November 2016. The ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package is the main instrument to move forward Europe’s sustainable energy transition. It covers energy efficiency, renewable energy, the design of the electricity market, security of electricity supply and governance rules for the Energy Union in addition to Ecodesign and a strategy for connected and automated mobility.

Local leaders have taken clear positions on four specific elements of the energy package: governance, energy efficiency, renewables and electricity markets.

Bruno Hranić (EPP/HR), Mayor of the Croatian city of Vidovec, is the rapporteur of the opinion on the ‘Energy Union Governance and Clean Energy’ . Hranic said: ‘The Energy Union needs a multi-level governance to be efficient. The concept of multi-level governance should be part of a separate chapter on the European Commission proposals to Member States. The Energy Union can only succeed if Member States formally consider in their planning and reporting the commitments, achievements and know-how of cities and regions. The European Commission should be required to include one of our members in the Energy Union Committee’. Cities and regions support the establishment of a ‘Multilevel Energy Dialogue Platform’, a permanent cooperation structure between Member States and local and regional authorities and including businesses, investors and other relevant stakeholders. Local leaders want Members States to present short, medium and long-term energy and climate policy scenarios along with cost-benefit analysis.

Members also adopted an opinion on ‘energy efficiency and buildings’ and on ‘renewable energy and the internal energy market in electricity’.

Source: European Committee of the Regions

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