The Energy Union has been identified as one of the ten key priorities of the current European Commission. This ambitious policy programme – with the aim of creating a European energy system that delivers secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy to Europe's citizens – has been launched in February 2015 and has already resulted in various policy initiatives.
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On 10th and 11th March 2016, a delegation of Members TEN Section is in mission in the Balears (ES), with the objective to evaluate the islands' conversion to numerical. Welcomed by M Iago Neguereda -Regional Minister of Labour, Trade and Industry of the Government of Balearic islands- EESC Members visit three projects developed in Majorca on coastal observing and forecasting, turism and emergency.
The European Energy Union (EEU) is one of the key priorities of the European Commission. Launched in early 2015, the EEU programme has already resulted in various initiatives. Specifically, the public hearing will – from a stakeholder and expert perspective – be examining whether the governance process underlying the Energy Union programme is inclusive enough and how a wider set of participants may improve governance quality.
On 25 February 2016, the EESC's TEN Section project delegation carried out a study visit in Eindhoven to gain first-hand knowledge of some of the extremely interesting smart city projects that have been set up in the city.
The delegation learned about the "Living Lab Stratumseind" and "Triangulum" projects.
On 28 January 2016, the EESC's TEN Section project delegation conducted a study visit in Vilnius to discover some of the very inspiring smart city initiatives that have been implemented there.
Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is the country's administrative, cultural and economic centre. The city is home to major companies and key financial institutions and brings together strong business and academic potential in such high technology areas as biotechnology, laser technology, information technology and telecommunications, semi-conductor electronics and precision mechanics.
The delegation had the opportunity to make a technical visit to discover "M.parking", a mobile parking app for paying city parking fees and avoiding the hassle of finding a parking meter, and the "M.ticket" mobile ticketing system for purchasing public transport tickets, planning journeys and accessing live timetables.
In February 2015, the European Commission released its communication about the European Energy Union in which it outlines its plans to fundamentally transform Europe's energy system into a system that delivers secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy to European consumers. This public hearing focuses on a key aspect of this transformation, a new design for the energy market, as presented in a recent communication by the Commission. Are the suggested regulatory, technological, and financial measures fit to achieve this transformation, including the integration of decentralized generation and renewables into the energy system? Are they sufficient to empower and put the consumer "at the core" of the EEU?
The EESC is organising a high-level conference in close cooperation with the Council, the EC and the Economic and Social Council of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Two half-days will be dedicated to the following topics:
- 11 November p.m.: social dumping in the road transport sector. In addition to the views of the EU institutions and key stakeholders, an exploratory EESC opinion on the matter (that should be adopted in September) will be presented;
- 12 November a.m.: cross-border infrastructural problems in road transport, particularly at the regional level, including a focus on the comprehensive TEN-T network. The topic is of particular importance to Luxembourg since it is a transit country. The Commissioner, Ms Corina Creu, responsible for regional policy, is expected to be present.
Islands have special characteristics and therefore face particular problems. However, their very specific situation can also offer opportunities if, with the necessary effort from all parties concerned, policies are developed and implemented which create sustainable growth and, at the same time, job opportunities for the young generation, competiveness and innovation, whilst respecting the environment and cultural heritage. This conference is foreseen in the Smart Islands project, and is aimed at showcasing and discussing best practices to help islands develop in a sustainable and "smart" manner.