Energising Europe: A real market with secure supply
European Commission - IP/07/1361 19/09/2007
Brussels, 19 September 2007
Today a new momentum has been given to the energy policy for Europe. The European Commission has adopted a third package of legislative proposals to ensure a real and effective choice of supplier and benefits to every single EU citizen. The Commission's proposals put consumer choice, fairer prices, cleaner energy and security of supply at the centre of its approach.
The package promotes sustainability by stimulating energy efficiency and guaranteeing that even smaller companies, for instance those that invest in renewable energy, have access to the energy market. A competitive market will also ensure greater security of supply, by improving the conditions for investments in power plants and transmission networks, and thus help avoid interruptions in power or gas supplies. Guarantees of fair competition with third country companies are also strengthened.
"An open and fair internal energy market is essential to ensure that the EU can rise to the challenges of climate change, increased import dependence and global competitiveness. This is about getting a better deal for consumers and business and making sure that third country companies respect our rules", explained European Commission President Barroso.
"We have moved a long way towards an internal energy market in the EU over the last 10 years. It is now time to complete this process and ensure that the benefits of this market are real, effective and available to each and every person and company. The EU now has to take the necessary steps to ensure that all its citizens can choose their own supplier and be sure that they are getting the best deal", said Energy Commissioner Piebalgs.
"The time has come for households and businesses to enjoy the full benefits of a competitive energy market in terms of choice of supplier and fairer prices. Today's proposals would deliver these benefits", told Competition Commissioner Kroes.
To make the internal market work for all consumers whether large or small, and to help the EU achieve more secure, competitive and sustainable energy, the Commission is proposing a number of measures to complement the existing rules.
Customers will also benefit from a new Energy Customers' Charter to be launched in 2008. This will include measures to address fuel poverty, information for customers to choose a supplier and supply options, actions to lower red tape when changing energy suppliers and to protect citizens from unfair selling practises. A separate information campaign will inform customers of their rights.
The proposed package of measures was anticipated in the Commission's Energy Policy for Europe which was endorsed by the European Council in March 2007. This set out the need for the EU to draw up a new energy path towards a more secure, sustainable and low-carbon economy, for the benefit of all citizens. Fully competitive markets are an essential pre-requisite to reaching this goal. From 1 July 2007, citizens across the EU already have a right to choose their supplier. The new package aims to ensure that all suppliers fulfil high standards of service, sustainability and security.
The Commission's proposals for the internal energy market are an integral
part of the Lisbon Strategy and the EU's energy strategy and will be discussed
among Heads of State and Government at their regular Summits.
 A Regulation establishing the EU Agency for the cooperation of National Energy Regulators
• An Electricity Directive amending and completing the existing Electricity Directive 2003/54
• A Gas Directive amending and completing the existing Gas Directive 2003/55
• An Electricity Regulation amending and completing the existing Electricity Regulation 1228/03
• A Gas Regulation amending and completing the existing Gas Regulation 1775/05
 (COM(2007)1 final)