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Brussels, 12 June 2014

Preparation of the Energy Council, 13 June 2014

The last Energy Council under the Hellenic Presidency will be held on 13th of June in Luxembourg. Energy Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger will represent the European Commission.

The Council will be invited to reach a political agreement on the issue of Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) related to the production of biofuels (directives relating to the Quality of Petrol and Diesel Fuels and the Promotion of the Use of Energy from Renewable Resources). This should be followed by a comprehensive policy debate on the follow up to the May European Council encompassing aspects of the energy policy, such as energy security, the completion of the internal energy market and the policy framework for 2030. Discussions will contribute to the preparation of the June European Council. In continuation of the March 2014 policy debate on energy prices and costs, the Council is expected to adopt Council conclusions on energy prices and costs, vulnerable consumers and competitiveness. This will be followed by an agenda item on an update by the Presidency and the Commission on recent developments in external energy relations. This will bring ministers to the second policy debate devoted to the value of multilateral frameworks. The Commission will update on recent developments in the nuclear field and the Italian delegation will present their program as incoming Presidency.

Political agreement on a Proposal for a Directive amending Directive 98/70/EC relating to the quality of petrol and diesel fuels and amending Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources

The Presidency would like to reach a political agreement on the directives relating to the Quality of Petrol and Diesel Fuels and the Promotion of the Use of Energy from Renewable Resources. The Commission welcomes that an agreement has been found. However it regrets the lack of ambition of the Council’s position to address the indirect land-use change emissions, encourage the transition to advanced biofuels and support the achievement of EU’s energy and climate objectives. It will continue to strive efforts for a balanced final text. For further information about the Commission's proposal from 17 October 2012 see IP/12/1112 and MEMO/12/787.

Follow-up to the March EC: policy debate

In order to prepare the June European Council, energy ministers will have a policy debate mainly focused on energy security. The Commission will present the core political messages of the European Energy Security Strategy (EESS) adopted by the Commission on 28 May and it intends to receive support for launching the energy security stress tests without delay. For further information about the EESS see IP/14/606 and MEMO/14/379.

Energy prices and costs, protection of vulnerable consumers and competitiveness: adoption of Council conclusions

Further, the ministers will be invited to endorse the "Council Conclusions on energy prices and costs and competitiveness", and on the protection of vulnerable consumers. Rising energy prices are a major concern for European governments, citizens and businesses and they affect Europe's global competitiveness. The Commission welcomes the Council conclusions as an important step forward. The Commission trusts that Member States are taking concrete steps forward to implement the recommendations made by the Commission in its Communication on energy prices and costs adopted in January 2014 in response to the European Council's request in May 2013. For further information see the Commission's Communication "Energy prices and costs in Europe" and MEMO/14/38.

International relations in the field of energy: policy debate on the value of multilateral frameworks

The Presidency and the Commission will update on recent developments in the field of external energy relations, and in particular the relations with Ukraine, and with our Eastern and Southern neighbors, USA and OPEC.

Discussions will continue with a second policy debate devoted to the value of multilateral frameworks. The Commission welcomes the opportunity to discuss about the value of multilateral frameworks and will intervene mainly on Energy Community and Energy Charter.

Any other business (AOB)

Under AOB, the Commission will inform about recent developments in the nuclear energy field and the Italian delegation will introduce their programme as incoming Presidency.


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