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EU governments call for integration of renewables into energy market

EU governments have reasserted their authority over their national energy policies, before leaders meet to discuss the bloc’s plans for Energy Union tomorrow (19 March), EurActiv has reported.

A more effective, flexible market design that will integrate renewables is needed, according to draft summit conclusions obtained by EurActiv.

Any public-energy subsidies at the national level must not unbalance the internal market, the text says.

But the new design should ensure “the right of member states to decide their own energy mix is respected,” states the leaked paper, which is dated Monday, 16 March.

In the weeks before the summit diplomats produce a draft agreement, which is subject to change.

EU heads of state and governments usually agree on a set of political conclusions at the end of each European Council.

A future governance framework, to be developed in 2015-16, will likely give some supervisory powers to a pan-EU authority.

The framework must be “reliable and transparent”, according to the draft conclusions.

While dominated by Energy Union, the paper also outlined positions on Russia and Ukraine, Libya, Syria, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and boosting growth and jobs.

Sacrificing some national sovereignty over the energy mix was vital to create the Energy Union, MEP Claude Turmes told delegates at a conference in Brussels today (17 March).

Mr Turmes, a Green from Luxembourg, named the UK, France, the Netherlands and Poland as the biggest culprits among member states jealously guarding their energy mix.

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