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EU Energy Council 6 June 2016: agenda & documents

The EU Ministers for Energy will meet on Monday 6 June 2016.

Update 2 June: The meeting page now indicates the agenda highlights:

‘Security of energy supply

The Council will try to  reach a general approach on a draft decision that sets up aninformation exchange mechanism on energy agreements between member states and non-EU countries. This aims to strengthen EU’s negotiation stance vis-à-vis third countries and to enhance the transparency and consistency of EU’s external energy relations. It will also improve the functioning of the internal energy market and boost the security of energy supply in the Union.

Ministers will also have a policy debate on a draft regulation that seeks to safeguard the security of gas supply by reducing the EU’s dependence on external energy sources.’

Also available now: a background brief on Energy (pdf). It also has a Transport background brief, for Tuesday 7 June.

You can find more meeting documents in this blog. See below.

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While the meeting page currently (9 May) contains no agenda or documents*, the EU Council Presidency indicated what will be its provisional agenda:

Non-legislative activities

  • (poss.) Approval of the list of “A” items
  • New Electricity Market Design (policy debate)
  • Communication from the Commission on EU Strategy for LNG & Gas Storage (presentation by the Commission on further steps)
  • Communication from the Commission on an EU Strategy for Heating & Cooling (presentation by the Commission on further steps)

Any other business

  • Current legislative proposals (Public deliberation in accordance with Article 16(8) of the Treaty on European Union):
    • i) Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council setting a framework for energy efficiency labelling and repealing Directive 2010/30/EU (first reading; inter-institutional file: 2015/0149 (COD); information from the Presidency)
    • ii) Security of gas supply – Revision of Regulation 994/10 concerning measures to safeguard security of gas supply (first reading; information from the Presidency)
    • iii) Review of the Decision establishing an information exchange mechanism with regard to intergovernmental agreements between Member States and third countries in the field of energy (first reading; information from the Presidency)
  • External relations (information from the EU Council Presidency and the EU Commission)
  • Work programme of the incoming EU Council Presidency (information from the Slovak delegation)

The first document for the meeting, on the Electricity Market Design, is already available. Dated 4 May, the current EU Council Presidency sent the (revised) document to the EU Member States’ Permanent Representations. Update 13 May: on 12 May the Presidency sent a new, final version to be ‘welcomed’ at by the 6 June TTE (Energy) Council meeting. Document here.* Update 20 May: this was not the final version after all. Noteworthy: the new version uses different diplomatic language: the Council is no longer invited to ‘welcome‘ the text, but to ‘take note’ of it. And: ‘Ministers wishing to welcome these messages or intervene on this topic are invited to do so.’ Document here.*

The second document for the meeting is now (update 13 May) available too: ‘Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on establishing an information exchange mechanism with regard to intergovernmental agreements [IGAs] and non-binding instruments between Member States and third countries in the field of energy and repealing Decision No 994/2012/EU (First reading)’. Pages 1-4 make interesting reading on the tough deliberative process between national delegations. The Presidency’s compromise is based on an option that would restrict the scope of the ex ante assessment by the EU Commission to gas-related IGAs only (with IGAs relating to other types of energy remaining subject to an ex post assessment). Document here.*

The third document for the meeting is now (update 14 May) available too: a draft ‘Political declaration on energy cooperation between the North Seas Countries‘, to be signed by Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Norway and the EU Commission on 6 June 2016. The draft will be discussed by national delegations at the Working Party on Energy on 17 May 2016. Document here.* Update 23 May: the revised document is here.*

The fourth document for the meeting is now (update 20 May) available too: it’s about ‘External relations‘ under the ‘Any other business’ agenda item. Topics: (a) Southern Gas Corridor – Advisory Council (b) Strategic Group for international energy cooperation (c) EU-OPEC (d) Iran (e) Euro-Mediterranean Energy Cooperation (f) EU-US Energy Council (g) Clean Energy Ministerial. Document here.*

The fifth document for the meeting is now (update 20 May) available too: ‘Work programme of the incoming Slovak Presidency‘. Interesting to notice how each EU Presidency puts a slightly different emphasis on aspects of the European Energy Union. Slovakia’s take: ‘One of the Slovak Presidency´s top priorities is to make progress in building a secure and competitive Energy Union with a forward-looking climate policy.’ Document here.*

The sixth document is now (update 23 May) available: a discussion note on the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning measures to safeguard security of gas supply and repealing Council Regulation 994/2010. Three questions for homework: ‘1) What modalities would be best suited to organise and strengthen the regional cooperation? 2) How would you envisage the modalities of the application of solidarity? In particular which terms and conditions would need to be fulfilled in order to implement solidarity? 3) To what extent should information on commercial gas supply contracts be provided to national competent authorities and to the Commission?’ Document here.*

*Documents

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Background reading

 

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@StollmeyerEU • 9th May 2016


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