Central Europe Energy Partners’ (CEEP) Position Paper on the Regulation and the Directive on the internal market in electricity and the revision of the RES Directive

Central Europe Energy Partners’ (CEEP) Position Paper on the Regulation and the Directive on the internal market in electricity and the revision of the RES Directive

Since the publication of the Clean Energy for All Europeans package on the 30th of November 2016, a vivid public debate can be witnessed with stakeholders giving a lot of input on these important legislative proposals, which would deeply transform the electricity market in Europe. Central Europe Energy Partners, representing energy and energy intensive sectors across Central Europe, would like to take an active part in this discussion, as we consider that the transition into low-emission economy requires profound decisions that will take into account the specific positions and starting point of all EU Member States, notably the from Central Europe region. CEEP welcomes the publication of the Clean Energy package and would like to emphasize its gratitude to the European Commission for the tremendous work it has been doing in the recent years. We agree with the general goals of the package, which promotes market approach with focus on empowering customers, prioritizing energy efficiency and making the national markets more integrated. Furthermore, we consider the Commission’s focus on importance of regional cooperation as a positive factor. We highlight however that the rapid economic growth necessary to catch up with the EU’s average GDP remains the priority for the most of Central European countries. Having said that, we have to regrettably admit that not all provisions included in the package fit our needs. In this paper, we would like to present our position on the Energy Market Regulation proposal (EMR), Energy Market Directive proposal (EMD) and the new Renewables Directive proposal (RED II). Member states' rights to shape their own energy mix According to Article 194 (2) of the [...]