Lithuanian energy minister Neverovič: Council Report must give impetus for future actions in striving to complete the Internal Energy market

12 December 2013, Last updated at, 13:12 EET
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author: The Council of the European Union

Today the TTE (energy) Council endorsed the Council Report on a progress on the completion of the EU internal energy market. The aim of the Report is to demonstrate progress made in the five energy policy priority areas: the single energy market, investments, diversification of energy sources, energy efficiency and competitiveness.

Based on the discussions in the Council, the Report suggests that further effort is needed in implementing the Third Energy Package, by full transposition of the legislation and fulfilment of technical measures, such as timely adoption of network codes in electricity and gas and commitment to agreement on No.1 rule, as well as giving more rights and choices for the consumers in managing their energy costs.

The Report urges for further development of energy infrastructure, by smooth implementation of the first Union-wide Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) list via streamlining and accelerating permit granting procedures in accordance with the TEN-E Regulation, and giving necessary financial support, among which funding from CEF (Connecting Europe Facility).

In the Report emphasis is put on the application and enforcement of EU rules regarding market integration and energy efficiency with an impetus for further coordination in support schemes for renewable energy, state aid and capacity mechanisms based on a priori careful consideration. There is also a suggestion to strive for a level playing field in pricing policies for companies operating within the EU.

As Lithuanian minister of energy Jaroslav Neverovič said today, „by this Council report Member States agree on ‘fragile areas’ where more effort is needed, thus serving as a crucial impetus for the future decisions in striving for the completion of internal energy market”. The Report also serves as reference point to the Commission`s Report to be presented in the first half of 2014, which will address all the follow-up actions, taking stock of progress and identifying shortcomings.

The 2013 May European Council asked the Council to report back on progress on the implementation of the guidelines agreed by the end of this year. The Council report is based on extensive input provided by the Commission and Member States, delivered during in-depth discussions held by Lithuanian Presidency. Member States expressed their views on such topics as network codes, the rights of consumers, energy infrastructure, pricing and competitiveness, public intervention, and energy technologies and innovation.

The completion of the EU internal energy market by 2014 is the priority of the Lithuanian Presidency.

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