15 Oct 2020
EC adopts 2020 State of the Energy Union Report
On 14 October 2020, the European Commission adopted the 2020 State of the Energy Union Report and its accompanying documents focused on different aspects of EU energy policy. The EC points out that this year's Report is the first one since the adoption of the European Green Deal, and looks at the Energy Union's contribution to Europe's long-term climate goals.
The Report includes individual assessments of the 27 Member States' National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs), analysing the pathway and ambition of each Member State towards the current 2030 climate and energy targets. According to the Commission, the overall assessment shows that the Member States are capable of meeting these targets and are mostly making good progress towards them. The Reports underline the contribution the energy sector can make to the EU's recovery from the economic crisis created by COVID-19.
The Report looks at the five different dimensions of the Energy Union – decarbonisation including renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy security, the internal energy market; and research, innovation and competitiveness. The Report provides guidance on the swift implementation of the NECPs and on how energy-related investment and reforms can boost the EU's economic recovery. The EC also illustrates how the NextGenerationEU recovery plan can support Member States through a number of flagship funding programmes.
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