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Directorate-General Energy (ENER)

Source: Europa Nu.

This Directorate-General develops the EU energy policy and is responsible for the supervision of projects and programmes that provide financial support to technological development and innovation in the energy sector.

The DG was established in 2010 when the DG Energy and Transport was split into a DG Energy and a DG Mobility and Transport.

The DG's tasks are:

  • Contributing to setting up an energy market providing citizens and business with affordable energy, competitive prices and technologically advanced energy services.
  • Promoting sustainable energy production, transport and consumption in line with the EU 2020 targets and with a view to the 2050 decarbonisation objective
  • Enhancing the conditions for secure energy supply in a spirit of solidarity between Member States.


Legislative proposals in negotiation

There are 318 proposals for legislative or other legal instruments of this Directorate-General in negotiations with the Council and the European Parliament.
Date Title
20.06.2017  Implementation of the work under the nuclear decommissioning assistance programme to Bulgaria, Lithuania and Slovakia in 2016 and previous years.
Report com(2017)328
14.06.2017  EU contribution to a reformed iter project.
Communication com(2017)319
15.05.2017  Progress of implementation of Council Directive 2011/70/EURATOM and an inventory of radioactive waste and spent fuel present in the EC's territory and the future ...
Report com(2017)236
15.05.2017  EC Staff document: Progress of implementation of Council Directive 2011/70/EURATOM .
15.05.2017  Inventory of radioactive waste and spent fuel present in the EC's territory and the future prospects accompanying the report on implementing Council Directive ...


Legislation currently being implemented

There are 46 laws or other legal instruments of the Council and the European Parliament, previously proposed by this Directorate-General, which are currently being implemented by the member states.
Date Title
16.02.2016  Establishing an information exchange mechanism on intergovernmental agreements and non-binding instruments between Member States and third countries in the field of ...
Decision com(2016)53
24.02.2015  Repeal of Council Decision and implementing measures on reducing consumption of primary sources of energy in the event of difficulties in the supply of crude oil and ...
Decision com(2014)720
10.01.2014  Maximum permitted levels of radioactive contamination of food and feed following a nuclear accident or any other case of radiological emergency.
Regulation com(2013)943
17.10.2013  Amendment of Directive 2009/71/EURATOM establishing a Community framework for the nuclear safety of nuclear installations.
Directive com(2013)715
20.03.2013  Notification to the Commission of investment projects in energy infrastructure within the EU.
Regulation com(2013)153


Legislation in force

There are at least 17 laws or other legal instruments in force that have been previously proposed by this Directorate-General.
Date Title
15.07.2015  Framework for energy efficiency labelling.
Regulation com(2015)341
17.12.2012  RECOMMENDATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE COUNCIL on the renewal of the Agreement between Euratom (Euratom) and the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organisation ...
Recommendation com(2012)760
19.09.2012  EU position within the Ministerial Council of the Energy Community (Budva, 18th October 2012).
Decision com(2012)532
30.05.2012  Basic safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from exposure to ionising radiation.
Directive com(2012)242
02.02.2012  RECOMMENDATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE COUNCIL on the approval of an Agreement for cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy between Euratom (Euratom) and ...
Recommendation com(2012)27