Hungarian Presidency Briefing, 5 October 2010, European Parliament, Brussels
At the Hungarian Presidency Briefing, Marianna Jakab, Energy Attache from the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, presented the plans of the upcoming Hungarian presidency of the European Council. Daniel Becker, Ecofys Germany, held a presentation on the evaluation of the first round of the National Energy Efficiency Action Plans. Besides, the briefing was attended by MEPs Fiona Hall, Claude Turmes, Silvia-Adriana Ticau and project partners of the Energy-Efficiency-Watch-Project who exchanged their views on energy efficiency action plans and the vision of the Hungarian presidency in the discussion round.
Here you can also download the presentation of Daniel Becker, Ecofys.
Second Presidency Briefing
Polish Presidency Briefing, 3 May 2011, European Parliament, Brussels
On 3 May 2011, Adam Janczak from the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the EU presented the plans of the upcoming Polish presidency in the EU Council. Poland, which will take over the Presidency from the Hungarians on 1 July 2011, will focus mostly on reinforcement of external energy policy. However, there are a number of issues closely related to energy efficiency on its agenda. The most important ones will probably be new legislative proposals on energy savings under ESD and CHP revision. It will also deal with a new EU-US Energy Star Agreement, legislative proposals for sustainability criteria for biomass and ILUC as well as with the implementation of measures under the Ecodesign and Labelling Directives. Daniel Becker, Ecofys, presented the final conclusions of the EEW1 project and emphasized the need to formulate a political target and a positive message. In the discussion round, attending MEPs, EEW2 project partners and sponsors exchanged their views on innovation, financial measures for smart cities and Energy Star Agreement.
Danish Presidency Briefing, 13 October 2011, European Parliament, Brussels
Britta Thomsen, Danish MEP, chaired the presidency briefing of the Energy Efficiency Watch project on Tuesday 13 October 2011. Several of her colleagues from the European Parliament attended the briefing in order to meet Danish Energy Attaché Birgitta Bay and Energy Efficiency Watch project partners. The Danish Energy Attaché made it clear that both Polish and Danish presidencies in the Council see the negotiations on the current proposal for Energy Efficiency Directive as a priority. According to her observations in the Council, member states strive for right incentives. Several MEPs emphasized the importance of best practices for setting the incentives correctly. In this respect, EEW2 project coordinator and EUFORES Secretary General Jan Geiss pointed out, are IEE projects like Energy Efficiency Watch essential. They help spread best practices among member states, regions and cities. Christianne Egger, ESV and EEW2 project partner, confirmed the importance of the IEE programme in spreading best practices. It is a unique tool which makes it possible on the local level to do things. Energy Efficiency Watch 2, an IEE project, also assembles best practices in its reports and screens NEEAPs for new ones.
Cypriot Presidency Briefing, 27 March 2012, European Parliament, Brussels
On 27 March 2012, Cypriot Energy Attaché Christos Gogakis met with several MEPs and EEW2 project partners. Christos Gogakis from the Permanent Representation of Cyprus explained that energy efficiency is currently high on the Cypriot agenda because of its territorial conditions and a power plant accident last year in Cyprus. Stefan Thomas, Research Director of Wuppertal Institute, presented the objective of the EEW2 project which aims at deriving policy recommendations from the analysis of national energy eficiency policies and EU-wide survey on policy implementation. EEW2 will come up this summer with 27 national reports which will be based on the survey and personal interviews as well as NEEAPs analysis. The national reports will provide a good overview of national energy efficiency policies and their implementation in Member States. Stefan then presented first results from the NEEAP analysis. Please see his presentation here for more details. Claude Turmes was curious to learn how much the renovation of the CEE building stock has advanced. Stefan Thomas explained that renovation is ongoing and a lot has already been renovated. However, it is an ongoing process with the untapped potential constantly growing. Christos Gogakis added that there are huge differences in CEE and SEE building traditions. High electricity demand in Cyprus is due to cooling. Therefore, buildings have to be well thought and constructed differently. He considers good traning for building professionals and architects to be key in constructing effective buildings.
Please find the agenda here. Here you can download the presentation of Stefan Thomas, Wuppertal Institute.
Fifth Presidency Briefing
Irish Presidency Briefing, 27 November, European Parliament, Brussels
On 27 November 2012, Irish Energy Attaché Michael Goodwin took part in the breakfast roundtable with serveral Members of European Parliament and EEW2 project partners. Michael Goodwin from the Permanent Representation of Ireland presented Irish plans during their presidency. According to the Energy Efficiency Directive, the EU Member States are required to set indicative targets during the Irish presidency by April 2013. Fiona Hall, MEP and EUFORES Vice-President, pointed out that implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive has to be followed closely. Daniel Becker, Ecofys and EEW2 project partner, presented the results of the screening of National Energy Efficiency Action Plans and survey on implementation of national energy efficiency policies. Energy-Efficiency-Watch first attemted to find out what policies and sectoral policy packages the Member States have included in the National Energy Efficiency Action Plans (NEEAP). Second, the project partners conducted a broad EU-wide survey on implementation of national policies in the Member States in order to reveal the current status of policy implementaion. More than 700 experts participated int he survey. According to the NEEAP screening, some sectors are already addressed by a good set of measures, some are neglected. Sectoral policy packages of some Member States are to a large extent based on the EU legislation which suggests that they do not have genuine national policies. The transport sector seems to be the weakest of all. Please download the presentation of Daniel Becker here for more information. Here you can download the agenda of the meeting.
Sixth Presidency Briefing
Lithuanian Presidency Briefing, 20 March 2013, European Parliament, Brussels
After Jan Geiss introduced the meeting and its objectives, Ona Kostinaite-Grinkeviciene from the Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU presented the tasks ahead of Lithuania during their EU Council presidency. Claude Turmes, EUFORES Vice-President and MEP, commented on the energy management system that the link to the energy management system set in the Energy Efficiency Directive will hopefully succeed. Afterwards, Christiane Egger from Upper Austria Energy Agency and Ralf Schüle from Wuppertal Institute presented the results of the Energy-Efficiency-Watch project. Christiane Egger focused on the survey conducted across the EU and Ralf Schüle presented combined results from the NEEAP screening and the survey. He paid particular attention to the Lithuanian NEEAP. Ona Kostinaite -Grinkeviciene commented that even though the survey report says that Lithuania is doing well, the price matters a lot. There are many areas which could be improved such as public procurement or household audits. Currently, Lithuania is experiencing a lot on public procurement within preparation for its EU Council presidency. She also added that Lithuania is in a very specific situation due to its missing connection to the continental network, which will be soon changed. Another challenge for Lithuania is to renovate its building stock.
French Presidency Briefing, 7th May 2008, European Parliament, Brussels. Attending were Alexandre Roesch from the Permanent Representation of France to the EU, Claude Turmes (MEP), EEW project partners as well as key-supporting partners, discussing the EEW, its screening results and the assessment of the French Presidency on the topic of Energy Efficiency.
Czech Presidency Briefing, 9th September 2008, European Parliament, Brussels. Attending were Lucie Čiháková from the Czech Permanent Representation to EU, Members of the European Parliament, EEW project partners as well as key-supporting partners, discussing the EEW, its screening results and the vision of the Czech Presidency on the topic of Energy Efficiency. Another major point was the upcoming Second Strategic Energy Review and the need of including Energy Efficiency in that paper (it was tabled by Commission November 2008).
Swedish Presidency Briefing, 1st April 2009, European Parliament, Brussels. Attending were Anette Perrson from the Swedish Permanent Representation to the EU, Members of the European Parliament, EEW project partners as well as key-supporting partners.
In her presentation, Anette Persson stated that in the field of energy, energy efficiency is the main priority for the Swedish Presidency.
Goals of the Swedish EU-Council Presidency are:
Reach an agreement on the Energy Efficiency Proposals in the Second Strategic Energy Review (Directives for Buildings, Labelling, Tyres)
Introduce the theme ”Eco-Efficient Economy”
Feed in to the coming revision of the Energy Efficiency Action Plan
Highlight the Covenant of Mayors initiative
A link to the current Swedish EU-Council Presidency is here.
Spanish Presidency Briefing, 9th December 2009, European Parliament, Brussels. Attending were Ramón Cienfuegos from the Spanish Permanent Representation to the EU, Members of the European Parliament, EEW project partners as well as key-supporting partners. Topic were the EEW, its screening results and the assessment of the Spanish Presidency on the topic of Energy Efficiency.
After a short presentation by Daniel Becker on the EEW, the evaluation of NEEAPs and political recommendations, Mr. Cienfuegos gave an overview over the Spanish agenda points related to that matter. Afterwards those were discussed with the MEPs and stakeholder representatives.
A link to the Spanish Permanent Representation to the EU is here.
Fifth Presidency Briefing
Belgian Presidency Briefing, 23rd February 2010, European Parliament, Brussels. Attending were a representative of the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the EU, MEPs, EEW project partners as well as key-supporting partners, discussing the EEW, its screening results and the assessment of the Belgian Presidency on the topic of Energy Efficiency in general and the National Energy Efficiency Action Plans (NEEAPs) in particular.
You can also download Daniel Becker's presentation.
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