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Brussels, 14 June 2012

Preparation of the Energy Council, 15th June 2012

The second Energy Council under the Danish Presidency will be held on 15th June 2012 in Luxembourg. Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger will represent the European Commission. The Council should adopt conclusions on the Energy Roadmap 2050 which pave the way for discussions on the future European Energy Strategy. It will also make the point on the progress made in the negotiations of the proposal on energy infrastructure as well as the proposal on safety in offshore oil and gas prospection, exploration and production activities. Furthermore, the Commission will present the new Communication on Renewable Energy, adopted on the 6th of June. Under AOB, the Presidency will inform on the state of play of negotiations with the Parliament on the Energy Efficiency Directive and the Energy Star decision. The Commission will then give an update on the recent developments in external relations in the field of energy and the Presidency will inform on the state of play of negotiations on the proposal to set up an information exchange mechanism with regard to Intergovernmental Agreements in the Field of Energy (IGA) as well as on the preparations for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. The Commission will provide an update on the process regarding the “stress tests” of nuclear power plants.

Communication from the Commission Energy Roadmap 2050: Adoption of Council conclusions

Minister will adopt conclusions on the Commission communication (see IP/11/1543 and MEMO/11/914 of 15 December 2011) which explores the challenges to deliver the EU's decarbonisation objective while at the same time ensuring security of energy supply and competitiveness.

The discussions on the draft conclusions have progressed well in the Council over the last several weeks. There is a broad support for the document, perceived as a balanced text.

The adoption of the Council's conclusions on the Energy Roadmap 2050 is the basis for further discussions with all stakeholders for a long-term European framework.

Proposal for a Regulation on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure: Progress report

The proposal aims to build a more integrated and powerful energy network in Europe (see IP/11/1200 and MEMO/11/710 of 19 October 2011). The Danish Presidency will present a progress report based on the progress achieved on Chapter II – 'Identification process of projects of common interest' and related aspects.

The legislative proposal's main goal is to ensure financing of the needed infrastructure by the private sector. These new measures aim at providing for the private sector an encouraging legal and regulatory framework for infrastructure investments.

Proposal for a Regulation on safety of offshore oil and gas prospection, exploration and production activities: Progress report

The proposal (see IP/11/1260 and MEMO/11/740 of 27 October 2011) sets clear rules that cover the whole lifecycle of all exploration and production activities from design to the final removal of an oil or gas installation. This new approach will lead to a European risk assessment that upgrades continuously by taking into account new technology, new know-how and new risks.

The Danish Presidency will present a progress report on the Council's discussions.

The Commission will call the Member States to seek an early agreement with the European Parliament under the CY Presidency.

Any Other business:

Under AOB, the Presidency will inform the Council on the state of play of the negotiations on the Directive on Energy Efficiency (see IP/11/770 and MEMO/11/440 of 22 June 2011) and the Energy Star decision on the conclusion of the EU-US agreement and the corresponding proposal for a regulation implementing the agreement in the EU.

The Commission will also debrief on the energy-related international developments since the last Council on 14 February. These will include relations with China, Russia, OPEC and the state of negotiations on the Southern Corridor. The Presidency will also inform on the ongoing negotiations the Decision setting up an information exchange mechanism with regard to intergovernmental agreements between Member States and third countries in the field of energy.

The Presidency will provide information on the state of play of preparations for Rio+20, the UN conference on sustainable development that will take place from 20 to 22 June 2012 in Brazil, and in particular on the energy related aspects.

The Commission will inform the Council on the process of stress tests in nuclear energy and its report to the European Council foreseen for this autumn.

The last point will be the presentation by the Cypriot delegation of its working programme for the coming six months.


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