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Taking steps towards “fit for 55”

Today and tomorrow (22-23 September), the Slovenian presidency is hosting an informal meeting with the EU transport and energy ministers.

The discussions encompass some of the main legislative proposals of the “Fit for 55” package, namely the amended Renewable Energy Directive, the amended Energy Efficiency Directive, and the revised Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation.
The European Green Deal set up a target to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. To reach this goal, the “Fit for 55” package is meant to enable the reduction of net greenhouse emissions by at least 55% by 2030.

The new Renewable Energy Directive’s objectives are to increase the usage of energy from renewable sources by 2030, foster better energy system integration, as well as contribute to climate and environmental objectives, while the Energy Efficiency Directive aims to further stimulate EU efforts to promote energy efficiency and achieve energy savings in the fight against climate change.

The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation intends to ensure the minimum infrastructure to support the requirements regarding the alternative fuel vehicles to meet the EU’s climate objectives. The Council and the European Parliament will negotiate in subsequent months to reach a common agreement in view of the final adoption of each legislative act.
Key TextsCouncil: Fit for 55 Package

European Commission: Amended Energy Efficiency Directive

European Commission: Proposal on the development of the alternative fuels 
Upcoming Dates:

22-23 SeptemberInformal meeting of transport and energy ministers
27 September: ENVI Committee meeting
6 October: Environment ministers meeting
14-15 October: Farm to Fork Conference
20 December: Environment ministers meeting  

The European Movement International position

As outlined in our policy position on The European Green Deal​, one of the cornerstones of reducing the emission levels and paving the way to climate neutrality is to step up the energy transition, thus increasing the share of renewable energies.

The additional benefit is giving citizens access to sustainable and safe energy as well as boosting and future-proofing the creation of local jobs.

Furthermore, regulation and support for renewable energy should, in general, be technology-neutral, focusing on climate performance and sustainability. 

​​To reach the Green Deal goals, a green and just transition needs to be prioritised, thus decision-makers have to commit to an ambitious and comprehensive framework that permeates all policy areas. The EU must encourage the active participation of civil society at all stages of the transition.

Furthermore, it is paramount that the EU and Member States harness the job-creating potential of the energy transition by investing in new skills and enhancing social protection in these sectors.