Cautious welcome for EU energy 'summer package'
Today the European Commission presented a series of proposals as part of their long term Energy Union strategy. Within the ‘Summer Package’ were proposals to launch a redesign of the European electricity market, to update energy efficiency labelling and to revise the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS).
Speaking after the announcements the ECR Group’s energy spokesman Marek Gróbarczyk said:
“EU climate policy has in the past been too confrontational with industry – emissions reduction has come at the expense of competitiveness. Proposed safeguards to help firms and investment from being forced to move abroad are particularly welcome.
“Driving the uptake in energy efficient products through competitive tax rates is a no-brainer and we hope the Commission come forward with a solution as soon as possible. The Court’s ruling on the UK’s preferential VAT rate was hugely disappointing and once again highlighted the need for smarter regulation coming from the EU. Energy labelling and eco-design have proven to be important factors in bringing down energy use however legislation must be business and consumer friendly as well as encourage, rather than stifle, innovation.
“The future EU energy market design must ensure fair and open competition via an internal energy market. Competition is starting to take root and Member States’ internal energy systems must adapt to this new reality and be capable of fully integrating all market players.”
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