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Energy Policy in the EU

Latest news on the energy policy of the European Union.

September switch-off for halogen light bulbs in EU
Energy intensive and inefficient halogen light bulbs can no longer be sold across the EU as of 1 September, helping consumers save on energy bills and helping the EU to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

New Ecodesign rules for light bulbs, applicable from September 2018
As of 1 September 2018 energy intensive and inefficient halogen light bulbs can no longer be sold across the European Union.

Russia loses WTO claims against EU energy policy
Russia lost most of its claims against EU energy policy measures at the World Trade Organisation Friday, over alleged incompatibility of the EU's third energy package with the multilateral trade rules.

Court upholds EC decision on state aid to UK's Hinkley nuclear plant
The EU's top Court upheld Thursday a Commission decision to approve aid provided by the UK in favour of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, dismissing an action brought by Austria.

Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan
The primary objective of the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan (BEMIP) initiative is to achieve an open and integrated regional electricity and gas market between EU countries in the Baltic Sea region, ending energy isolation. The initiative's members are the European Commission and Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Finland, and Sweden. Norway participates as an observer.

Baltic states sign energy synchronisation agreement with EU
The heads of state or government of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland signed a roadmap Thursday for synchronising the Baltic States' electricity grid with the continental European network by 2025.

Synchronisation of Baltic States' electricity networks with the continental European network (CEN)
On 28 June, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker signed, jointly with leaders of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland a political Roadmap for synchronising the Baltic States' electricity grid with continental Europe.

EU states confirm 2030 renewable energy target
EU states gave the green light Wednesday to a provisional agreement on the revision of the renewable energy directive, with a headline target of 32% energy from renewable sources at EU level for 2030.

14 EU countries call for strong action to limit warming to 1.5°C
Environment Ministers of Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom meeting in Luxembourg today have called upon the EU to make significant further efforts to fight climate change, over and above the already taken commitments.

EU confirms deal on energy savings and governance
EU decision-makers have reached agreement on a 32.5 per cent target for energy savings by 2030, as well as a new instrument to help EU Member States deliver on Europe's energy and climate goals.

EU opens way to net zero greenhouse gas emissions
EU decision-makers agreed to aim for a net zero emissions economy "as soon as possible" in the early hours of this morning.

EU overturns barriers to rooftop revolution but renewable target falls short of serious climate action
Solar panels could soon cover millions more rooftops in Europe, after the EU reached a deal on Wednesday to make it easier for households to play a part in the renewable energy transition, said Greenpeace.

EU renewables deal will hurt climate and forests
EU decision-makers reached agreement in the middle of the night on an unambitious Renewable Energy Directive with rules on bioenergy that put both the climate and forests worldwide at risk.

EU energy deal targets 32 pct renewables by 2030
EU Parliament and Council negotiators struck a deal last night for a share of energy from renewables of at least 32% of the EU's gross final consumption in 2030, with an upwards revision clause by 2023.

Climate change activists call on EU energy ministers to unlock rooftop revolution
Climate change activists urged EU energy ministers meeting in Luxembourg to live up to their climate commitments and stop restricting the rights of people to produce and share their own renewable energy. The ministers are gathering two days ahead of final negotiations with the European Parliament and the European Commission on the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive.

No fine for Gazprom as EU settles antitrust dispute
The EU Commission settled its antitrust dispute with Russia's Gazprom Thursday, imposing conditions on the state-controlled energy giant to enable free flow of gas 'at competitive prices' in east European gas markets.

Greenpeace activists call out EU ministers for failing to support renewable energy development
Climate change activists demonstrating outside a meeting of EU energy ministers in the Bulgarian capital Sofia urged European governments to stop restricting the rights of people to produce and share their own renewable energy.

EU aims for near zero-energy buildings by 2050
MEPs set a goal of near zero-energy buildings in the EU by 2050 Tuesday as they gave final approval to the Energy Performance of Buildings directive for smarter and more energy efficient buildings.

French building community taking up the challenge of upscaling energy renovation of buildings
On 27th March, the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EuroACE) organised with the French Coalition for Energy Efficiency (CFEE) a workshop on 'Energy Renovation of Buildings in France: how to make the most out of the revised EU framework, with a French perspective'.

MEPs look to give consumers more choice and greater energy security
An EU Parliament committee approved Wednesday an energy package offering more competition in the electricity market, better information for consumers and plans to tackle shortages during crises.

MEPs take a step towards fixing electricity market rules
Today the European Parliament's industry and energy committee (ITRE) adopted its position on the laws to redesign the EU’s electricity market.

European Parliament committee restricts controversial subsidies to coal, gas and nuclear plants
The European Parliament's energy committee has proposed restrictions for controversial subsidies for energy utilities in its vote on the energy market reform. So-called capacity mechanisms - national subsidies to keep power plants on standby - would only be allowed as a "last resort" and would be heavily regulated.

EU approval of six electricity capacity mechanisms to ensure security of supply
The European Commission approved on 7 February under EU State aid rules electricity capacity mechanisms in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Poland. The Commission found that the measures will contribute to ensuring security of supply whilst preserving competition in the Single Market.

Electricity backup systems given EC green light
The European Commission approved Wednesday under EU State aid rules six electricity capacity mechanisms in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Poland, to safeguard security of electricity supply.

EU states endorse deal on energy efficient buildings
EU states confirmed Wednesday a political agreement on the revised directive on the energy performance of buildings, to improve energy efficiency in buildings and encourage building renovation.