Update on the "Clean Energy for All Europeans" package 

By Alexandre Roesch, Policy Director, SolarPower Europe

In our previous editions, we highlighted the main opportunities and challenges surrounding the so-called "Clean Energy for All Europeans" package which will determine the evolution of the European energy system for the next decade.

We are now entering the very concrete negotiation phase. In the European Parliament, all political groups have now appointed their rapporteurs:

-          Renewable Energy Directive: Jose Blanco Lopez (S&D group, ES)

-          Electricity Market Design (Directive and Regulation): Krisjanis Karins (EPP group, LV)

-          Governance Regulation: Claude Turmes (Greens, LU)

-          Energy Performance of Buildings Directive: Bendt Bendtsen (EPP group, DK)

-          Energy Efficiency Directive: Adam Gierek (S&D group, PL)

In parallel, the Council started analysing all the proposals and their corresponding impact assessments at the working level. While the current Maltese presidency of the Council of the EU is focusing its efforts on the energy efficiency files, the Estonian presidency - which will take over on 1st July - should lead the discussion between Member States on the proposals contained in the package.

The positions of the various countries are not fully clear yet. We should however get a good overview of the main national priorities after the meeting of the Energy ministers which will take place on 27 February.

On the same day, the members of the ITRE committee - which will prepare the position of the European Parliament on the Clean Energy Package - will held a first exchange of views. Most of the rapporteurs are expected to present their draft reports by 29 May, while the votes at the committee level will take place in October.

The period between now and the summer will therefore be crucial to get the best possible outcome for solar. SolarPower Europe has already planned meetings with all the rapporteurs and we have called on all the Energy Ministers, ahead of their first exchange of views, to raise the renewable energy target to 35% by 2030.

The policy team in SolarPower Europe will now use the coming months to present very concrete proposals to the Parliament and the Council and will ensure a strong link with our national associations to relay our positions to the capitals and MEPs.