Call for evidence on balance of legislative powers on Energy policy between UK and EU

Ed Davey, MP
Ed Davey, MP

The Government  has today issued a Call for Evidence on the balance of legislative / policy competence between the UK and the European Union on energy.

William Hague, Foreign Secretary, launched the Balance of Competences Review in Parliament on 12 July 2012, taking forward the Coalition commitment to analyse and examine the UK’s relationship with the European Union.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)  is leading on the area of the review covering energy and is seeking views from individuals and groups with an interest or experience in energy policy and its application on how the competence is used and what that means for the UK.

The public call for evidence on energy will run for three months from today (24  October 2013) to 15 January 2014. Following the call for evidence, a report on the current balance of competence on energy and what this means for the national interest will be published in summer 2014.

Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, said: “The Balance of Competences Review is an important and unique opportunity for people and interest groups to have their say on how we interact with the EU and the effect that EU legislation has on our energy policy.

“Energy plays an important role in all sectors of society and driving the economy. I would strongly urge people to take advantage of this opportunity, make their views known, and help inform this important national debate. I look forward to hearing the views of interested parties during the course of the Call for Evidence”.

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The Balance of Competences review will provide an analysis of what the UK’s membership of the EU means for the UK national interest. It will not produce specific recommendations and will not prejudge future policy, nor will it look at alternative models for Britain’s overall relationship with the EU.

The review is led by the Government but will also involve non-governmental experts, organisations and other individuals who wish to contribute their views. Foreign governments, including our EU partners and the EU institutions, are also being invited to submit responses. The process will be comprehensive, evidence-based and analytical. The Call for Evidence for the Energy review will include:

* The internal energy market and its contribution to the single market and growth
*  Security of energy supply, indigenous resources and energy infrastructure development
*  Sustainability and energy efficiency measures, renewables and carbon capture and storage
*  The EU-external energy dimension (role of EU in international organisations, and
*  Agreements with third countries, nuclear and Euratom.

The report will not include climate change aspects of the Department’s work, international climate change negotiations, the reduction of collective EU Member State greenhouse gas emissions via burden-sharing arrangements and the EU Emissions Trading System. These issues will be covered in the Environment and Climate Change Report due to published this winter.

For more information: Visit the Balance of Competences pages on GOV.UK

Send your submissions to: balanceofcompetence@decc 

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