The European Commission has presented a comprehensive package of legislative proposals on energy policy, the Winter Package. The legislative package comprises four Directives and four Regulations, including a proposal on better coordinating the national energy policies by means of harmonised national climate and energy plans (Energy Union Governance Regulation), a revised Energy Efficiency Directive, the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, a recast of the Renewable Energy Directive and a new European electricity market design. The package also is to implement the decisions of the European Council of October 2014 on the European 2030 climate and energy targets.
Federal Minister Sigmar Gabriel said: "I welcome the fact that the European Commission took an important step today to fundamentally reshape the European energy framework. More coordination and convergence of national energy policies on the basis of a stronger European internal market and an ambitious efficiency target of 30% by 2030 - this is the right way forward. The Commissions new European electricity market design moves in the right direction by taking up the fundamental German policy decision in favour of an electricity market 2.0: free price formation as stimulus for innovation and investment and more flexibility. It is also correct that security of supply will in the future no longer be regarded as a national task, but in a cross-border context. In a common, interconnected market we need fewer power plants and can thus save costs for consumers.