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Energy Union & Governance

  • Clean Energy Package: MEPs must stand firm

    11.06.2018 | Press Releases

    Today, EU energy ministers gathered in Luxembourg to discuss the state of play of the revision of three key files of the Clean Energy Package: the Energy Efficiency Directive, the Renewable Energy Directive and the Governance Regulation.

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  • Briefing: Key priorities for the new EU long term climate strategy

    11.06.2018 | Reports & Briefs

    The Paris Agreement calls upon all its signatories to communicate “long term low greenhouse gas emissions development strategies” by 2020, which is the same deadline for when countries will have to re-submit their short term climate targets (NDCs).

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  • Briefing: How NECPs can set Paris in motion in every country

    22.05.2018 | Reports & Briefs

    EU Member States are, through the new ‘Governance of the Energy Union Regulation’, required to develop ten year Integrated National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs). 

    With the word ‘integrated’, the NECPs present a new regime in EU Climate and Energy Policy making. The European Union’s credibility in the international climate policy arena depends heavily on its capacity to make a coherent contribution. However, the current EU climate and energy policy regime

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  • Talanoa Dialogue - the opportunity to make the Paris Agreement a reality

    09.04.2018 | Press Releases


    At the upcoming Informal Environment Council on 10-11 April in Bulgaria, EU Ministers of Environment are expected to flesh out the bloc’s contribution to the UN Talanoa Dialogue - a Fijian word meaning an inclusive dialogue.

    The Talanoa Dialogue is an important international conversation which aims to help countries increase their climate pledges to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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  • New climate strategy will set out a pathway to meet higher targets

    29.03.2018 | Op-eds

    Last week, EU leaders sent a clear message to the European Commission to ramp up its work to implement the Paris Agreement and accelerate the ongoing transition away from fossil fuels, writes Wendel Trio.

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  • All you need to know about the last phase of the Governance Regulation negotiations

    22.02.2018 | Blogs

    The negotiations of the EU's Energy Union Governance regulation enter the final stretch today, with representatives of the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers and the European Commission meeting for the first informal ‘trialogue’ to negotiate an agreement on the new law which should create a framework for the zero-carbon transition in the EU.

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  • MEPs call for more ambition in future clean energy laws

    17.01.2018 | Press Releases

    Today the European Parliament adopted its position on three legislative proposals under the Clean Energy Package, namely the revisions of the Renewable Energy Directive and the Energy Efficiency Directive, and the new Governance Regulation, which will guide the EU’s zero-carbon transition in the coming decade and beyond.

    MEPs raised the ambition of the future clean energy laws, by voting in favour of increasing the EU’s 2030 renewable energy and energy

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  • EU governments’ positions would stifle renewable energy revolution

    18.12.2017 | Press Releases

    Today EU Energy Ministers have adopted their positions on four legislative proposals under the Clean Energy Package, which will guide the EU’s energy transition in the coming decade and beyond.

    Turning their backs on the Paris Agreement, the ministers opted for a feeble renewable energy target, lax rules for ensuring that all EU countries contribute to the energy transition and massive coal subsidies in the EU’s power market.

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  • CAN Europe letter ahead of the Energy Council on 18 December

    13.12.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers

    For Energy Council on 18 December

    Brussels, 13 December 2017

    Dear Minister,

    Ahead of Energy Council on Monday 18 December, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe would like to call on you to adopt an ambitious position on the Market Design Initiative, the Renewable Energy Directive, and the Governance of the Energy Union Regulation.

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  • EU governments at a crossroads - clean or dirty energy?

    13.12.2017 | Press Releases

    On 18 December, EU Energy Ministers are expected to reach an agreement on four legislative files under the Clean Energy Package, namely those regarding renewable energy, governance and the internal market for electricity.

    Worryingly, the draft documents for the meeting show that they are stubbornly insisting on an outdated, blatantly unambitious position on the renewable energy target and weak rules for helping countries make energy transition. They are also

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  • MEPs call for reducing EU emissions to net zero by 2050 the latest

    07.12.2017 | Press Releases

    Today the European Parliament’s Industry and Environment Committees adopted their position on the future Governance Regulation, which will create a framework for the zero-carbon transition in the EU. MEPs voted in favour of increasing the EU’s long term target to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 the latest [1] and supported robust rules for how to reach the 2030 climate and energy targets.

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  • Voting Recommendations - Governance of the Energy Union

    06.12.2017 | Reports & Briefs

    CAN Europe together with Birdlife Europe, E3G, the European Environmental Bureau, Fern and WWF EPO prepared joint recommendations for the European Parliament’s Industry and Environment Committees votes on the future Governance Regulation on 7 December.

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  • MEPs vote for stronger energy targets

    28.11.2017 | Press Releases

    Today the European Parliament’s Industry Committee voted on its positions on the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive and the Energy Efficiency Directive for the period 2021 – 2030.

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  • Crunch time as EU decides on clean energy laws

    27.11.2017 | Press Releases

    The European Parliament and Energy Ministers are currently finalising their respective positions on the Clean Energy Package - eight legislative proposals that will guide energy policy all across Europe for the next decade. They must step up and strengthen the proposals if Europe is serious about tackling climate change and making European policies work

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  • Letter to Deputy Ambassadors on a Governance framework compatible with the Paris Agreement

    23.11.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers

    This letter was sent ahead of the COREPER meeting on 24 November 2017

    Dear Deputy Ambassador,

    This Friday, 24 November, you will be discussing the proposed Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union. With that in mind we are writing on behalf of our EU-wide network to highlight those aspects of the draft legislation that we consider critical to effective implementation by the EU of the Paris Agreement.

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  • Letter to Ambassadors on Governance ahead of COREPER meeting on 27 October

    25.10.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers

    This letter was sent ahead of the COREPER meeting on the 27th of October 2017

    Dear Ambassador,

    During the meeting of COREPER on 27 October you will have the opportunity to provide political guidance on several elements of the Governance regulation, mainly on defining a framework to ensure the delivery of the renewable energy target (Articles 4, 5, 25, 27). The Governance regulation is a key building block of a successful Energy Union, and the nest for many

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  • Briefing Assessment: Second compromise text of the proposed Governance of the Energy Union

    26.09.2017 | Reports & Briefs

    If the Governance legislation is done right, the framework can significantly contribute to implementing the EU's fair share to achieve the long term objectives of the Paris Agreement. It can also help unlocking investor confidence and reduce transition costs while reducing the risks of stranded assets across the European economy.

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  • Letter to Energy Ministers on ambitious Energy Union Governance

    14.09.2017 | Letters to Policy Makers

    This letter was sent ahead of the High-level Conference on Energy 'Europe’s Future Electricity Market'

    Dear Minister,

    Next week you will travel to Tallinn, Estonia to discuss amongst several other issues, the proposed
    Regulation for Energy Union Governance.

    The proposed centralisation of climate and energy policy planning and reporting obligations is an
    opportunity to achieve better policy integration and track progress of implementation.

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  • CAN Europe’s answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Governance

    07.09.2017 | Reports & Briefs

    This FAQ addresses some of the questions and comments that might arise when discussing governance and CAN Europe’s position on it.

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  • Submission to the Consultation "How the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change"

    23.08.2017 | Submissions to Consultations

    CAN Europe has contributed a submission on "How the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change" sent out by the Citizens’ Assembly of Ireland.

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Veerle Dossche
EU Energy Policy Coordinator
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Theodora Petroula
Energy Savings Policy Coordinator
+32 2894 4671

Latest Publications Energy Union & Governance

  • Countries kick off cooperation on offshore wind potential in the Baltic Sea

    Eight countries(1) located around the Baltic Sea signed today, together with the European Commission, the Baltic Sea Offshore Wind Joint Declaration of Intent. This looks into intensifying the cooperation in offshore wind development as “cost-efficient and environmentally sustainable deployment of offshore wind, through voluntary cooperation will be crucial to ensure a clean, secure and affordable energy supply” for the involved countries.
  • European Parliament asks for a faster and deeper renovation of buildings

    The members of the European Parliament (EP) have voted for maximising the energy efficiency potential of the EU building stock[1], calling on the European Commission to develop consistent measures to stimulate a faster and deeper renovation of buildings. Buildings consume 40 percent of all energy in the EU and emit 36 percent of the region’s CO₂, being the largest single energy consumer[2] and having significant potential in reducing energy demand[3].
  • Hogan's resignation opens the door for a climate-aware trade commissioner

    Von der Leyen should look for a commissioner that brings trade policy in line with climate ambition to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C, after her trade chief, Phil Hogan, resigned yesterday evening.
  • Disarm fossil fuel firms

    Two recent examples of the Dutch and German coal exit show how fossil fuel firms are using an outdated international investment treaty, the Energy Charter Treaty, to attack climate policies. The treaty provides fossil fuel companies with a strong tool to impede the clean energy transition. It is time to disarm them, writes Wendel Trio, director of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe.
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