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Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Energy), 25/06/2019 - Main results

Met dank overgenomen van Raad van de Europese Unie (Raad), gepubliceerd op dinsdag 25 juni 2019, 18:00.

Main results

Council conclusions on the future of energy systems in the Energy Union

The Council adopted a set of conclusions on the future of energy systems in the Energy Union. They identify priorities and principles for future policy-making aimed at ensuring the energy transition towards an affordable, safe, competitive, secure and sustainable energy system.

The conclusions we have agreed today provide a vision for energy policy in the EU to 2030 and beyond. We have particularly emphasised the importance of focussing our efforts and increasing investment in the areas of infrastructure, innovative technologies and sector coupling and integration. At the same time, we have to make sure that citizens and businesses lie at the heart of the energy transition process by ensuring social acceptance and international competitiveness. It is now up to the Commission to take this forward when making new proposals in the energy field.

Anton Anton, Romanian Minister of Energy and chair of the Council

Council outlines principles and priorities for the future of energy systems in the Energy Union (press release, 25/06/2019)

External energy relations

The Council was informed about recent developments in the field of external energy relations. Following this, energy ministers held an exchange of views on the topic, which was guided by a background note provided by the Presidency.

The discussion was fruitful and constructive. We have to continue engaging with our major partners in order to promote clean energy transition. We also addressed the ongoing modernisation of the Energy Community Treaty and of the Energy Charter Treaty.

Anton Anton, Romanian Minister of Energy and chair of the Council

Presidency note on external energy relations

Other items on the agenda

Under 'any other business', the Commission presented its recent communication on the draft integrated national energy and climate plans (NECPs). The NECPs are part of the new governance framework of the Energy Union and aim to ensure that the EU delivers on its energy and climate objectives. All member states have submitted their first draft NECPs. They now have until the end of this year to finalise their plans.

Commission communication on the draft NECPs

National energy and climate plans (European Commission)

The incoming Finnish Presidency presented its work programme. The Finnish delegation announced its intention to highlight the climate agenda during its Presidency.

Work programme of the incoming Presidency - information from the Finnish delegation

Meeting information

Meeting n°3703



Preparatory documents

Background brief

Provisional agenda

Indicative programme

List of A items, non-legislative activities

List of A items, legislative deliberation

Outcome documents

Outcome of the Council meeting

Video footage of the meeting

List of participants

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