EESC in favour of a more integrated and cost-effective renewable energy strategy

17 Dec 2012
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National subsidies intended to support the market roll out of renewable energies have led to high costs and partly wrong price signals. In order to achieve the EU's 2050 climate objectives they should be replaced by EU-wide targeted measures tailored to each renewable technology, in conjunction with an EU CO2 reduction target after 2020 said the European Economic and Social Committee in its opinion adopted at the plenary session today.  

"The EU-wide subsidies that we are calling for should be limited in time, until renewable technologies become competitive", said Ulla Sirkeinen (Employers' Group, Finland), rapporteur for the opinion.

In order to ensure the cost-effective promotion of renewable energy beyond the 2020, the EESC is opting for a flexible system of EU-wide common support schemes, "tailored to each renewable technology's maturity and differing circumstances".