MEPs call for ‘secure, sustainable, affordable’ Energy Union

The Energy Union must provide EU citizens secure, sustainable and affordable power. That’s the suggestion from MEPs in a non-legislative resolution voted this week. To achieve that, countries need to reduce […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The Energy Union must provide EU citizens secure, sustainable and affordable power.

That’s the suggestion from MEPs in a non-legislative resolution voted this week.

To achieve that, countries need to reduce their dependence on energy imports by integrating their energy markets, improving security of supply, making the best use of renewable sources and moderating demand.

The security and competitiveness of supplies will be a key issue for the Energy Union, said MEPs.

They also call for “a revision of existing energy efficiency legislations” as, according to them, 61% of gas imports in the region is used in buildings, mainly for heating.

“A fully integrated internal electricity market could save EU consumers between €12 billion (£8.64bn) and €40 billion (£28.8bn) a year by 2030″, they added.

Rapporteur Evžen Tosenovsky (ECR, Czech Rrepublic) said: “Parliament agreed today that the common energy market must be the cornerstone of the energy union. However, market rules must be supported by solidarity mechanisms when member states face a dominant energy supplier.”