BDEW on today's energy policy discussion of the EU Council:

EU summit underlines great importance of energy policy

Intelligent interlinking of national and international concepts required

Berlin, 4 February 2011 - "Today’s summit of European heads of government and state has made clear to all European stakeholders that there is no going back to national serenity in terms of energy issues in future. Whether visible or not: The EU will always have a seat at the table when it comes to decisions and future concepts in terms of energy policy in Germany. Without an EU-wide perspective and cooperation, we will not be able to complete the internal European energy market, to implement the necessary modification of the energy supply system and to achieve our climate targets", Hildegard Müller, Chairwoman of the General Executive Management Board of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft - BDEW) said about today’s discussions of the European Council.

The BDEW welcomes the coordinated approach defined by the heads of government and state in the Energy Strategy for Europe 2020. The BDEW considers that two subjects are of particular importance in this context. "On the one hand, absolute priority must be given to the development of energy infrastructures in Germany and Europe. To this end, authorization procedures must be accelerated and investments promoted by attractive rates of return. On the other hand, intelligent interlinking of national and European concepts is required with a view to reconciling different objectives and priorities", said Hildegard Müller, Chairwoman of the General Executive Management Board of BDEW.

According to the BDEW, the EU has defined the right course of action with its commitment to fast and timely application and implementation of the second and third internal market package. "In the majority of EU Member States, end-use customer prices determined by the government are still prevailing. As a result, competition is impeded and synergies obtained from the coalescence of retail markets into a European internal market, or at least into regional markets, cannot be tapped", Müller said. To obtain fair competitive conditions for all companies, the course already set by the second internal market package for opening-up of markets must be no longer obstructed.

"Today's EU summit has also made clear again that we must cope with the growing energy demand in Europe", Müller continued. But the progress made to date in the different Member States showed very large differences regarding the achievement of European efficiency targets. "Against the background of the presentation of the Energy Efficiency Plan, the Council emphasized again today the importance of these targets. Just like the Member States, the BDEW declared itself against mandatory energy efficiency targets. Before new regulatory instruments are introduced, it is advisable to check the efficiency of already existing measures. Furthermore, every new ruling must be tested with regard to its impact on energy services markets to avoid negative effects. This must also be taken into consideration in the Energy Efficiency Plan which the EU Commission wants to present on 9 March 2011."


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