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28 Jun 2016

Rising stars of the Energy Union? Prosumers in the European Energy Union

Public Hearing - Belgium, European Economic and Social Committee - Room VMA3, Rue van Maerlant 2, 1040 Brussels

Energy is a key priority of the current European Commission with its flagship policy initiative of the European Energy Union (EUEU). One key element of the flagship initiative concerns the expansion of renewables and a fundamental redesign of the energy markets in order to promote renewables, decentralized production and an active role for consumers. In its vision for the Energy Union, the Commission aims at putting "citizens at [the EUEU's] core". Changes in energy consumption and production patterns are in fact already occurring on the ground. New players are entering markets hitherto dominated by large manufacturers and distributors of energy. With the arrival of small-scale decentralized energy installations located in domestic backyards, the term "prosumers" emerged, i.e. entities/households that are producers and consumers of energy in one.

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  • Public Hearing - European Economic and Social Committee - Room VMA3, Rue van Maerlant 2, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

    Energy is a key priority of the current European Commission with its flagship policy initiative of the European Energy Union (EUEU). One key element of the flagship initiative concerns the expansion of renewables and a fundamental redesign of the energy markets in order to promote renewables, decentralized production and an active role for consumers. In its vision for the Energy Union, the Commission aims at putting "citizens at [the EUEU's] core". Changes in energy consumption and production patterns are in fact already occurring on the ground. New players are entering markets hitherto dominated by large manufacturers and distributors of energy. With the arrival of small-scale decentralized energy installations located in domestic backyards, the term "prosumers" emerged, i.e. entities/households that are producers and consumers of energy in one.


  • Public Hearing - European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), VMA building, room VMA 1, Rue van Maerlant 2, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

    Recent events have shown that the European Union lack adequate instruments to safeguard the rule of law and human rights, the values stipulated in Article 2 TEU. The EU verifies compliance with these values in the run-up to EU accession, however no similar mechanism apply after EU accession.

    The EESC believes that the EU should consider adopting a new European mechanism on the rule of law to improve European governance by establishing a ‘policy coordination cycle’, which would be similar and complementary to the European Semester.


  • Public Hearing - EESC, Brussels, Belgium

    In times of limited fiscal space it is ever more important to effectively use the EU budget to contribute to achieving the policy goals of the European Union, in particular as regards growth and job creation. We need to emphasise budgetary performance more strongly than in the past. For this to happen the nature and the scope of the expenditure is crucial. Moreover, better results can be assured by consequent application of a control framework and performance-based budgeting, using a comprehensive set of performance indicators.A performance-oriented culture is, however, not acquired in a single step, but through a process of development.

    To drive forward this process the EESC is organising a public hearing on "A performance-based EU budget and its focus on real results: The key to sound financial management", to be held at the EESC's premises on Wednesday, 29 June 2016, starting at 2.30 p.m


  • Public Hearing - Brussels, Belgium

    In the light of the ongoing EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is drafting an own-initiative opinion on "The position of the EESC on specific key issues of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations". In this framework, the EESC is organising a public hearing, to be held at the Committee premises on 30 June 2016, beginning at 9 a.m.

    The main purpose of this event will be to exchange views with representatives from the European Union institutions involved in the TTIP negotiations, as well as from civil society organisations and consultancy firms, in order to gather relevant information and deepen understanding of the matter. The four sessions will focus on the following topics: 1) Regulatory cooperation, good regulatory practices, technical barriers to trade; 2) Services; 3) Investment protection and the Investment Court System (ICS); 4) Trade and sustainable development.