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EU ENERGY STRATEGY 2010 - 2020

Updated: November 2010

ENERGY 2020

On November 10, 2010, the European Commission has adopted the Communication "Energy 2020 - A strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy".
The Communication defines the energy priorities for the next ten years and sets the actions to be taken in order to tackle the challenges of saving energy, achieving a market with competitive prizes and secure supplies, boosting technological leadership, and effectively negotiate with our international partners.

While the topics of the new EU energy cooperation are still an open question, current proposals include:
• internal energy markets (reinforcing regulation to increase competition, consumer protection and increase of security of supply),
• infrastructure (gas pipelines and interconnectors between national electricity and gas networks, simplified procedures for permissions, financing),
• energy efficiency, which could include strengthening Ecodesign regulation, financing, and revisions of the Energy service and CHP directives,
• nuclear safety and waste management, and
• external energy policy, including relations with major energy suppliers and with major energy users.

Read the INFORSE-Europe Press Release (pdf 53.8 kB) (November 11, 2010)
Read more about the topic on the European Commission website.

Download the document "Energy 2020 - A strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy" here (pdf 86kB).

Will EU go for 30% Reduction by 2020?

Given the standstill in the climate negotiations, there is increasing support for the proposal that the EU should move to 30% reductions by 2020 without a global climate agreement. This past summer, the environmental ministers of France, Germany and UK expressed their support for the idea, and at the end of September the Danish Prime Minister also supported it on behalf of his government. On the other hand, Poland has been vehemently against the proposal. At the EU Environmental Ministers’ Meeting in October, no decision was taken, but the Ministers agreed to consider the proposal again in 2011.

 

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