BB200602, News in Brief
Austria, Finland set out 2006 energy priorities in line with the European Commission work programme 2006 energy activities
The internal energy market, security of supply, sustainable energy production and use, external relations and nuclear issues are the priorities of the 2006 European Union presidencies of Austria and Finland. The priorities of the programme were made public on January 5. Austria holds the presidency of the EU Council of member state governments for the first six months of this year, while Finland has it for the second. Highlights of the coming year are presented in the table below with the work programme of the European Commission adopted at the end of 2005.
In October 2005, the European Commission adopted its work programme for 2006 under the ambitious title "Unlocking Europe's full potential". This work programme is setting out its key priorities 2006.
|Presidency priorities||European Commission work programme|
|Security of supply|
Work on the Decision on TEN-Energy will possibly be finalised in early 2006.
|A Green Paper on secure, competitive and sustainable EU energy policy. This Green Paper should be presented at the energy council mid-March and at the spring council at the end of March|
|Consideration will be given to further measures on the liberalisation of the electricity and gas markets on the basis of an assessment of their operation, including looking at competition aspects.|
The fifth Commission Benchmarking Report on the Internal Energy Market opening (DG TREN services)
|Sustainability of energy production and consumption|
Improving energy efficiency
Promoting renewable energy
An action plan on energy efficiency to follow up the Green Paper published in September 2005
|A communication on the development of energy markets with neighbouring countries|
The Presidencies will seek to
Decision on a Joint Undertaking for nuclear waste management research (start of 2006)
|Work will include the review of the Emission Trading Directive and the new phase of the European Climate Change Programme (ECCP), which will contribute to the achievement of the Kyoto commitments by the Community and the Member States. On the international level , the emphasis will be on promoting a process aimed at a global agreement on the development of the UN climate regime after 2012. Key tasks in this respect will be the preparation of and the participation in the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) and the COP/MOP 2 of the Kyoto Protocol.|
A Green Paper on adaptation to climate change, exploring how to respond to "the increasing adverse effects" of global warming.