BDEW on the Commission’s Communication on an Energy Union:
New impetus for Europe's energy policy
Single market regulations must be implemented consistently / A market economy approach is the best way of ensuring a reliable natural gas supply
"The strategy document on the Energy Union unveiled today by the European Commission is an important framework for the restructuring of Europe’s energy policy. If the European Commission sets the priorities of the planned ventures correctly, the Energy Union project will be able to give the urgently required new impetus to the European energy policy." So says Hildegard Müller, President of the General Executive Management Board of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), on the occasion of today’s Communication from the European Commission regarding a strategic framework for an Energy Union.
The German energy sector also supports the measures planned by the European Commission for power supply security across national borders. "A common approach for ensuring sufficient amounts of secure energy in the electricity sector is absolutely essential. It has long been clear that the reform of the energy market structure is a European challenge rather than a national one," says Müller. She continues to say that it is therefore important that the debate on the future energy market structure initiated by the Federal Government is held from a clear European perspective.
The European Commission has also announced that the European regulatory framework will undergo a thorough review. As far as BDEW is concerned, such a review must be preceded by a comprehensive and detailed consultation and debate with all stakeholders. In general, BDEW is of the opinion that the existing regulatory framework should first be reviewed and fully utilized before further changes are made.
The European Commission also rightly emphasises that a market economy approach is the best way of ensuring a secure natural gas supply. BDEW believes a clearly defined demarcation of the roles and responsibilities between politics and commercial operations remains important. The commercial operations should, within the EU model of an open market economy, continue to independently negotiate all their contracts with partners from non-member states. BDEW therefore also believes there is no need for a central entity to organise the purchase of natural gas or other sources of energy. "The natural gas supply is best guaranteed by means of an open, solvent, well integrated and transparent European natural gas market with a range of supply sources, intelligent solutions on the sales side and a secure investment climate," says Müller.