The European Commission services have announced that they will submit the Commission's priorities for the 2010-2014 Energy Plan to the European ministers in charge of Energy to their meeting in late May.
The 2010-2014 Energy Plan has to be put in perspective with, on the one hand, the integrated energy and climate package, and, on the other hand, the third energy liberalisation package. Both of these initiatives have resulted in the adoption of new legislative acts in 2009. According to the Spanish EU presidency, the bench of legislative proposals and political initiatives will focus on energy security and technology development, compared to previous action concentrated on sustainability and internal market. The long-time awaited Energy Efficiency Action Plan should be one of the first actions for the implementation of the forthcoming Energy Plan, as well as a new Infrastructure Package due in November this year. This will come after the assessment of the Trans-European Energy Network (TREN-E) this Spring and the presentation of its replacement by a brand new instrument.
We can now foresee much political discussions around these new energy policy priorities, while looking at the progressive legal implementation of the 2009 legislative packages.
- Euractiv.com, Commission to outline new energy action plan, 6.4.2010.
- Spanish presidency, working document (Spanish), La politica de Energia de la Union Europea - Elementos de base para El Plan de Accion Europeo de Energia 2010-2014, 15.1.2010.