Governance of the Energy Union — energy and climate plans in the making

On 30 November 2016, the Commission presented its legislative proposal on Energy Union Governance. The initiative is essential to meet the objectives of the Energy Union objectives across its five dimensions, ensure more transparency and predictability of policies and measures, and for investors. It also streamlines and integrates existing planning, monitoring and reporting requirements in the energy and climate areas and thereby reduces administrative burdens.

With the ambitious deadline of 1 January 2018 for the draft national energy and climate plans and 1 January 2019 for the final plans, it is time to take stock of where we stand.

During this session, the European Commission will first give a short general presentation on the Governance proposal, then a brief overview of the state of play in the legislative process and of where Member States stand as regards the preparation of the national energy and climate plans. A few Member States will then share their experience in preparing their national plans, focusing on both progress and challenges.

Finally, a round table with stakeholders from civil society (e.g. industry, NGOs and finance actors) will allow participants to get a broader understanding of what is expected from their perspective and of how the Governance can help support the energy system transition and create opportunities for jobs and growth.