Position Paper on the proposal for a Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union

Position Paper on the proposal for a Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union

Central Europe Energy Partners (CEEP) believes that in order to achieve the Energy Union goals, an effective and coherent system of governance must be established. Therefore, we welcome the Proposal for a Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union, which constitutes the backbone of the Clean Energy for All Europeans package. We would like to take an active role in the public debate accompanying the ongoing legislative process, in the hope that this will contribute to the adoption of a balanced and fit-for purpose regulation. The properly designed governance of the Energy Union can support national policies in implementing the Energy Union goals and facilitating the attainment of climate and energy policy targets until 2030. Furthermore, streamlining of reporting obligations would reduce the administrative burden on Member States. In this regard, CEEP wishes to highlight a paradox of the system that has been designed: reporting obligations will be replaced by extensive consultation mechanisms both at horizontal (Member State – Member State) and vertical (European Commission – Member States) levels, which will ultimately pose a significant bureaucratic problem. The governance of the Energy Union should provide a coherent and stable framework to boost investments in the energy sector. This aim can be achieved only through proper engagement of stakeholders at a national and Europe-wide level. The rapidity of the legislative timeline compromises a comprehensive consultation phase, contradicting one of the crucial objectives of the governance system: providing more certainty and predictability for investors. Furthermore, we want to emphasise the need for clarification of several elements of governance of the Energy Union, in particular the European Commission’s vision of a [...]