Strengthening Europe's energy networks is key for Energy Union

Stronger, interconnected European energy grids are a prerequisite for the European Energy Union. Only if Europe's energy networks are well developed and integrated can the continent's energy systems achieve their purpose: to provide the people of Europe with affordable, secure, sustainable energy in a competitive way.

In the EESC opinion adopted at the April plenary session, drafted by Andrés Barceló Delgado, the Committee welcomes the Commission's communication on Strengthening Europe's energy networks and highlights the fact that the financial support provided by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) has made a growing number of projects possible across the EU.

"Much still needs to be done," said Mr Barceló Delgado. "The interconnection target of 10% by 2020 will not be achieved by many Member States. The causes at the root of these failures (complex administrative procedures, policy implications, funding, lack of public support) have yet to be properly addressed and are in danger of jeopardising the achievement of the 2030 targets," he continued.

In order to address some pending issues, the EESC therefore makes a number of recommendations, aimed at carrying out better analysis, fully involving stakeholders at an earlier stage and increasing the budget. (mp)