State of the Energy Union Report 2020 and Assessment of National Energy and Climate Plans

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Administrator: Alessandro RIZZI, Assistant: Denise IVANOVICH

Foreseen for the EESC Section: 9 March 2021

Foreseen for the EESC Plenary session: 24-25 March 2021

Gist of the Commission document

The 2020 report on the State of the Energy Union (COM(2020) 950) outlines the progress achieved by the EU and Member States, with the determination to play a leading role on the international stage in fighting climate change and environmental degradation and in accelerating the clean energy transition. It is issued against the background of the EU’s renewed ambition in the context of the European Green Deal and it is the first report to be issued under the governance framework of the Energy Union and Climate Action. It is accompanied by several thematic reports, including country-specific guidance for Member States on the implementation of the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) and a Commission recommendation on energy poverty; it also provides an overview of the state of progress of the Energy Union in the broader context of the EU climate action and sustainability objectives.

The European Commission communication (COM(2020) 564) presents the EU-wide assessment of the 27 NECPs submitted by Member States in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 on the Governance of the Energy Union and Climate Action, across all the dimensions of the Energy Union and in the light of the European Green Deal and post-COVID 19 recovery context. At the end of an extensive process of preparation and coordination at national level and constant dialogue between the Member States, the Commission and the other EU institutions, all Member States have presented their final plans containing an integrated vision of the energy and climate transition for the next ten years. The plans have been subject to extensive consultation with stakeholders, civil society and citizens to ensure ownership and wide public support.