Anna Dimitrova, Energy Policy and Innovation Advisor, EURELECTRIC
Anna Dimitrova is currently Energy Policy and Innovation Advisor at EURELECTRIC, the Union of the European electricity industry. Previously, she worked at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), a Brussels-based think tank, as Research Assistant on Europe’s internal gas and electricity markets, security of supply and future RES policies. Later, Anna progressed to Researcher, leading the organisation’s project on regional energy policy cooperation in South East Europe.
Anna has graduated from the University of Dundee and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Europe, where she concentrated in Energy, Resources and Environment and was in receipt of the ENEL Spa Fellowship.
Energy Union Governance and the Smart and Clean Energy Package: Opportunities for South East Europe
On November 20 2016 the European Commission published its Clean Energy for all Europeans Package. In over 1000 pages of legislative proposals the European Commission has outlined series of initiatives and regulatory changes that would aim at ensuring EU’s energy sector is on track to achieve its 2030 and 2050 climate and energy targets. The set of proposals includes a Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union. This legislative proposal is an attempt by the EC to streamline and merge, to the extent possible, Member States reporting and planning obligations in line with the ambition of achieving the Energy Union objectives, 2030 energy and climate targets and delivering on Paris Agreement obligations. The proposed system of Integrated National Energy and Climate Plans (INECPs), Integrated National Energy and Climate Reports (INECRs), European Commission monitoring tools and Long-term Low Emissions strategies. INECPs will be submitted every ten years in an iterative process with the EC and neighbouring Member States. The progress on achieving objectives set through the INECPs will be monitored through biennial INECRs submitted by Member States, which would be then evaluated by the EC through biennial monitoring reports and the annual State of the Energy Union report. Member States will also have to submit Long-Term low-carbon strategies with 50-years perspective with the first one due in 2020.
But is that Regulation sufficient to ensure Member States collectively and steadily advance towards the set of 2030 climate and energy objectives? Would it be able to address the challenge of policy overlap and provide the necessary market signals for cost-efficient decarbonisation? What role will regional cooperation has to play in the process and what is the value of this for South East Europe? Last, but not least, how could South East Europe take the most advantage of the changes and ensure that the region’s specificities are properly reflected in the regulation in particular the further deepening of energy policy cooperation between Member States and non-Member States in the region. The presentation will offer an overview of the Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union, EURLECTRIC’s critical analysis of its components and a region specific overview of the potential impact of the Regulation on South East Europe.