CEEP Opinion on the “Framework Strategy for a Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy” – PDF

Executive summary

  • CEEP welcomes the Energy Union project as a solid basis for an ambitious and sustainable European energy and climate policy as well as for the achievement of the EU’s overarching priorities for economic growth and job creation. CEEP particularly supports that the Energy Union is not presented as an isolated project, but that it is deeply intertwined with other major European strategies. The implementation of concrete measures will now prove the Energy Union’s success.
  • First of all, the Energy Union should focus on fully implementing existing legislation rather than pursuing new legislation. Particular attention should be given to the implementation of the Third Energy Package as well as to the revival of the Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) through the quick introduction of a market stability reserve.
  • CEEP fully supports that an ambitious climate policy is seen as an integral part of the Energy Union. It can thus be considered a major contribution to the EU’s leading role in the view of the international climate negotiations in Paris. In this context, it is now necessary to quickly implement the 2030 Climate and Energy Framework.
  • CEEP shares the ambition to put citizens and customers at the heart of the ongoing transition of the European energy system as public acceptance is indispensable for the realization of highly needed infrastructure projects. In this context, a stronger focus on the local and regional dimension of the Energy Union is needed.
  • CEEP highlights the contribution social partners can make to maximize the growth and job creation potential of the Energy Union in its governance and concrete implementation. It can represent a success factor in the transition to a more sustainable economy, in particular through reinforced training, up-skilling and re-skilling of workers as well as the improvement of the current European framework on recognition of competences.
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