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Energy

In relation to energy issues, the Cyprus Presidency will focus on both legislative and non legislative dossiers, which aim at furthering the realization of the three pillars of energy policy, namely security of supply, competitiveness and sustainable development.

The Cyprus Presidency, based on the principles of the EU for strengthening solidarity, transparency, cooperation and reciprocity among Member States, will also facilitate the process of agreeing on coordinated positions to be expressed outside the EU.

  • The completion of the necessary energy interconnections between member states, as well as member states and third countries is a prerequisite for the completion of the single energy market by 2014, lifting the isolation of the EU member states to the trans-European energy networks by 2015, the guarantee of security of EU energy supply and increasing the share of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in the final energy consumption, contributing significantly to the reduction of greenhouse emissions.

    In order to achieve these objectives, the European Commission proposed a Regulation on the guidelines for Trans-European Energy Infrastructure, which  determines twelve priority corridors and thematic areas concerning the energy infrastructures in the electricity, gas, oil and carbon dioxide sectors. In the context of the Regulation, the necessary methodology is developed for selecting Projects of Common Interest (PCI’s) for the abovementioned sectors, which will benefit from an accelerated permit granting process for their timely implementation, while also ensuring greater participation of citizens in the decision making. Moreover, the Regulation establishes the criteria by which the Projects of Common Interest may receive financial support through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Regulation.

    The Cyprus Presidency aims at achieving progress in the negotiations within the Council and with the European Parliament, and if possible reach an agreement by the end of this year.

  • The EU has set a target of achieving 20% primary energy savings by 2020, while at the same time, there is a need for establishing a common framework to promote energy efficiency in the EU after 2020. The proposed Directive on Energy Efficiency aims at fulfilling this objective, through an integrated approach that leverages all existing energy saving potential, including the activities of production up to end-use of energy. It also includes provisions for the promotion of cogeneration and district heating and cooling.

    The Community Energy Efficiency Labelling Program «Energy Star», concerning energy efficient office equipment, assists consumers in identifying office equipment products that are efficient in terms of energy consumption, while at the same time helping to achieve the EU’s climate targets. This programme is mandatory for office equipment purchased for use by public authorities. The Cyprus Presidency will continue the negotiations on the Regulation on Energy Efficiency Labelling, amending Regulation 106/2008 «Energy Star”, through which the agreement reached between the EU and the US will be implemented.

  • Accidents relating to offshore exploitation of oil and gas activities and especially the accident in the Gulf of Mexico set the ground for reviewing EU policies which aim at ensuring the safety of offshore operations. In this context, the European Commission proposed a Regulation which aims at enhancing the preparedness and the response of the EU regarding accidents that endanger human life and the environment, as well as at the adoption of best practices in relation to offshore activities.

    The Cyprus Presidency aims at achieving progress in the negotiations within the Council and with the European Parliament, working towards an agreement.

  • In order to achieve the environmental objectives of the EU for the reduction of greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide by 2050, while at the same time ensuring the security of energy supply and the competitiveness of the EU, it is expected that the further penetration of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) is key. Towards this end, the Cyprus Presidency will promote discussions on this issue, in the context of the recently announced Commission Communication, which explores possible policy options for facilitating the further penetration of Renewable Energy Sources beyond the year 2020 and propose Council conclusions.  

  • The European Council conclusions of February 4th and December 9th 2011, called for intensified efforts towards completing the internal energy market by 2014. In this context, the European Commission is expected to announce a Communication which will assess progress achieved by both Member States and the EU in total and identify any obstacles that still remain.

    The Cyprus Presidency will evaluate the progress made through discussions in the Council, identify any remaining obstacles and report the findings of this discussion to the European Council.