A meeting of the EESC permanent group on European energy community was held on December 18th. Employers of Poland took part in the event.
Discussion focused on two issues:
The latter issue necessitates the completion of the group's founding goals and the tasks of the TEN section. Therefore, next year the group will work on the following thematic areas:
This appears particularly important because of the possible adverse effects of neglecting this problem on a national level. It would lead a.o. to a fragmentation of the market, interference with competition and losses of efficiency resulting from it, as well as an increased insecurity of supplies (eg. in the case of bilateral intergovernmental agreements with external gas suppliers). Although the EESC supports the EC with regards to energy union, the topic has to be approached critically – consumers and groups exposed to energy poverty. Addressing these issues is also important in terms of social justice and inequalities in access to the energy market.
The liberalization of markets and growth of decentralized renewable energy sources increasingly exposes citizens to risks resulting from changing prices, energy poverty or power failures. They too should promote energy efficiency and energy saving.
The special permanent group of the TEN section for European energy community was established in March 2012 and is a forum for elaborating long-term strategies facilitating the implementation of the European Energy Union, as order by Commissioner Juncker in February 2015.
Renata Karwowska, foreign affairs specialist