The permanent study group on the European Energy Community steers the EESC's agenda on energy issues along two main lines:
Promotion of civil society involvement in energy issues through the European Energy Dialogue (EED)
The EESC advocates a strong role for civil society to ensure a successful energy transition. Public participation in policy making and implementation increases ownership, improves the process and helps meet the EU's energy policy objectives. To this end, the EESC has been promoting the idea of a European Energy Dialogue. Such a dialogue is meant to enable all stakeholders to understand energy challenges and the related trade-offs, take action individually and contribute to energy policy choices whilst taking account of the bigger picture regarding pan-EU challenges and possible solutions. To promote such a dialogue, the members of the Permanent Study Group organise hearings and conferences, including events linked to the annual State of the Energy Union reports (2015, 2016), help produce an annual opinion on the State of the Energy Union (2015, 2016), and participate actively in events from outside organisations, such as the Citizens' Energy Forum, the European Nuclear Energy Forum, and the Energy Infrastructure Forum.
Promotion of closer coordination on energy issues
EU Member States are increasingly interdependent in technical and political terms and can hardly meet their energy objectives successfully and cost-efficiently on their own. The EESC therefore promotes stronger coordination, in particular on grids and market design. The EESC has welcomed the European Commission's Energy Union framework and continues to engage with it through its sector-specific and cross-cutting opinions and public hearings.