COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE, THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS AND THE EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK
In line with its commitment to report annually on the state of the Energy Union, the European Commission published its Second State of the Energy Union Report. This report looks at the progress made since the publication of the first report on the State of the Energy Union in November 2015. These reports are central elements to monitor the implementation of this key priority of the Juncker Commission. The Second Report on the State of the Energy Union.
The report shows that the modernisation of the European Union economy and the transition to a low-carbon era are happening. According to the report, in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency and renewable energy, Europe is on track to reach its 2020 targets.
The European Commission is strongly committed to continue its work on projects which show real European added value and bring tangible benefits to European citizens. The modernisation of Europe’s economy is such a project, and is what the Energy Union is all about. To be successful, the Energy Union related legislative proposals presented by the Commission in 2015 and 2016 need to be addressed with urgency, in line with the Joint Declaration of the three institutions on the European Union's legislative priorities for 2017.
It is important to maintain the overall coherence and ambition of the Energy Union related proposals, as well as the political momentum of the Energy Union project. Therefore, progress should be reviewed on a regular basis at a more political level, including by the European Council. In line with the Bratislava Declaration, the European Council will revert to the energy and climate issues when appropriate.
As important as making progress on the legislative files is speeding up the implementation of the Energy Union’s facilitating measures and ensuring full compliance with the existing rules. The European Union and its Member States need to reinforce, for instance, the implementation of energy and climate diplomacy priorities and work on synergies between them, and set up, before the end of the year, the investment platforms which will facilitate financing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
Implementation of these and others measures is needed to make progress on the ground already now, to deliver on the jobs, growth and investments. Only when concrete progress on the ground is made, the multiple benefits of the clean energy transition will become visible in Member States, regions and communities, a key condition for the Energy Union’s lasting success.
To download the report, please visit the relevant European Commission webpage at the link below.