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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved a total of €8 billion of financing which includes four investment projects in energy efficiency, renewable energy and strategic energy infrastructure. These projects may benefit from an EU guarantee from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) – part of the Investment Plan for Europe – once it is formally established. This will, however, still be subject to certain criteria which are currently under negotiation. The projects approved on 19 May 2015 include: 
Post date: 21 May 2015
Type: News

  This document is an Impact Assessment, a Commission Staff Working Document accompanying the document Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council: Energy Efficiency and its contribution to energy security and the 2030 Framework for climate and energy policy.  Policy options for 2020 
Post date: 18 May 2015
Type: Publication

The European Commission has presented a framework for climate and energy policies in the period 2020 to 2030. This framework proposes ambitious targets for greenhouse gas emissions reduction and renewable energy as part of the European Union's (EU) transition to a competitive low carbon economy. It also promotes reduced energy dependency and more affordable energy for business and consumers via a well-functioning internal market.
Post date: 18 May 2015
Type: Publication

Currently, the European Union has energy rules set at the European level, but in practice it has 28 national regulatory frameworks. An integrated energy market is needed to create more competition, lead to greater market efficiency through better use of energy generation facilities across the EU and to produce affordable prices for consumers.
Post date: 15 May 2015
Type: Publication

The European Commission has asked Austria, Croatia, Ireland, Latvia and Romania to ensure the full transposition of the Energy Efficiency Directive. Under this Directive Member States must achieve energy savings over the period from 1 January 2014 till 31 December 2020.
Post date: 14 May 2015
Type: News

In these Guidelines, the Commission sets out the conditions under which aid for energy and environment may be considered compatible with the internal market under Article 107(3)(c) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. The Guidelines apply to State aid granted for environmental protection or energy objectives in all sectors governed by the Treaty in so far as measures are included in the list below:
Post date: 4 May 2015
Type: Publication

This factsheet summarises information on Europe's strategic investment plan with a focus on the investment targets. In respect to infrastructure, typical projects that could potentially benefit from financing involve, among others, the programme for the construction and rehabilitation of public buildings aimed at improving their energy efficiency, currently held up by lack of funding. 
Post date: 17 Apr 2015
Type: Publication

The European Commission is referring Hungary to the Court for failing to transpose the Energy Efficiency Directive. Under this directive EU Member States must meet certain energy savings targets from 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2020. They have to do this by using energy efficiency obligations schemes or other targeted policy measures to drive energy efficiency improvements in households, buildings, industry and transport sectors. Member States had to transpose the obligations of the Directive by 5 June 2014.Other requirements include:
Post date: 13 Apr 2015
Type: News

26 March 2015. The European Commission launched a public consultation on the preparation of a legislative proposal regarding greenhouse gas emission targets for each Member State for the sectors not covered by the EU Emissions Trading System, namely buildings, transport, waste and service sectors, in line with 2030 framework target of at least 40% reduction of GHG emissions relative to 1990. The 40% reduction is to come from the ETS (43% reduction relative to 2005) and the non-ETS  sectors (30% compared to 2005).
Post date: 13 Apr 2015
Type: News

The European Commission is referring Hungary to the Court for failing to transpose the Energy Efficiency Directive. Under this directive EU Member States must meet certain energy savings targets from 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2020. They have to do this by using energy efficiency obligations schemes or other targeted policy measures to drive energy efficiency improvements in households, buildings, industry and transport sectors. Member States had to transpose the obligations of that Directive by 5 June 2014. Other requirements include:
Post date: 27 Mar 2015
Type: News