Although the EU is in the center of the debate over the budget, the legislative context of March was particularly rich in the field of energy. This dynamism, beyond adding some texts to the European corpus, recalls the priorities headlights of the new programming!
For a few years now the European Union has been attached to a triple challenge: climate change, security supplies and competitiveness.
Thus, the Objectives, to be reached for horizon 2020, are the following:
• Energy effectiveness (to reduce the emissions, to improve energy safety and competitiveness, to control the cost of energy…)
• Freedom of movement of energy (keen prices and reliable, security supplies…)
• Reliable and secured energy at accessible prices (nets of safety)
• Technological change (biocarburants of second generation, captures and storage of CO2, nuclear power, energy renewable for the heating and cooling…)
• Strong strategic partnerships
On the legislative level:
It is the signature of the protocol of Kyoto in 1997, on climatic change, which reinforced, for the very first time, the commitments taken by the EU in the field of environmental sustainable development.
Then, in 2007, the Treaty of Lisbon and its Article 194 provided a new legal basis to the common policy of energy. This was the starting point of a new European policy that defends a low carbon, smart, sustainable and more competitive economy.
In December 2008, the Member States approved along with the Commission and the Parliament the package Energy-Climate, an action plan to implement the “20- 20- 20 in 2020” objectives (a 20% reduction in EU greenhouse gas emissions from 1990, improvement of 20% as regards energy efficiency; and a 20% raise of the share of energies produced from renewable sources in the overall consumption of energy by 2020).
On March 12th, the Parliament accepted the proposal for a Regulation of the European Commission, dating from October 19th, 2011. This regulation aimed at guaranteeing the achievement of the strategic energy networks and the storage facilities by 2020.
In addition, it should enable a new regulatory framework for the infrastructures known as “of common interest” – that is to say cross border projects that benefit at least two Member States – and provide a new procedure of financing, clearer and faster through the mechanism for the interconnection in Europe.
Two days later, the European Parliament approved the communication from the Commission entitled “Roadmap for energy by 2050”, that will become the basis for the forthcoming legislative initiatives and other energy policies to establish a framework of action for 2030.
Finally, on March 21, the new regulating framework on the energy infrastructures was approved by the Council. It will have to contribute to the modernization and the increase of the infrastructure energy in Europe in order to meet EU’s target for 2020. This regulation is one of the priorities set by the Act 1 of the Common Market, namely measures aiming to stimulate the European economy and create jobs. Plus, the regulation provides rules for a possible transborder grant for construction costs of a common project and set the eligibility criteria.
This month, the final report about the next Intelligent Europe Energy III (IEE III) was published. Intelligent Europe Energy is one of the three pillars of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). With a 2007 -2013 budget of 730 million euro, the IEE aimed to address the objectives set by the EU.
Within the next multiannual financial framework (2014-2020), the successor of IEE II will have to be part of the Horizon 2020 framework programme: a large part of the budget will be used for annual calls with three main objectives : more energy effectiveness, more renewable energy and better transport and mobility.
According to the Proposal for a regulation from the European Parliament and the Council establishing a Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, the specific objective is to ensure the transition to a sustainable, effective and competitive energy system, considering the rarefaction of the resources, the increase of energy needs and climate change.
Currently one Call for expression of interest for the setting up of a list of external experts for evaluation activities in connection with the following Intelligent Energy Europe, Eco-Innovation 2013 has been launched.
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