The presidency of the Council of the European Union is at the same time a premiere, an honor and a challenge for Romania. The onset of 2019 will mean for our country taking over the EU Council Presidency for a period of six months, during which Romania is at the center of the European decision-making process, thus having an important role in facilitating the process of reflection on how to develop and strengthen the European project, the negotiation process for the development of the Community acquis and, implicitly, the reinforcement of the cooperation between the Member States of the Union.
In order to prepare its mandate, Romania has to formulate and finalize the themes of interest on which the future debates will focus, and this process must be carried out in a way that attests to the democratic and deliberative spirit of public institutions, civil society and citizens .
The Forum for Public Consultation, Communication and Debate to Prepare and Exercise the Presidency of Romania to the Council of the European Union “EU-RO 2019” responds to all these requirements, and the Oil and Gas Employers’ Federation (FPPG) took part on 8 and 26 February 2018 at the two meetings of the Energy Working Group. The debates of not less than 12 associations representing the various branches of industry and non-governmental organizations with expertise in the energy sector outlined the main proposals for energy policies that will contribute to the preparation of Romania’s mandate for the presidency of the EU Council.
FPPG has proposed and motivated that for the next period, increased attention should be paid to the decarbonisation of the energy sector and the transition to a low-carbon economy, especially as Romania, as an EU member state, has taken ambitious targets to reduce CO2 emissions.
Among the proposals advocated by FPPG there are:
- Increased energy efficiency – aimed at reducing local pollution, increasing energy security, educating the final consumer on responsible energy use.
- Reducing energy poverty and protecting vulnerable consumers.
- Promoting digitization of energy networks – setting the regulatory framework for existing operators.
- Maintainingtheelectricity producers from fossil fuels.
All proposals were forwarded to the Ministry of European Affairs, and after the analysis of the proposals formulated by the working group, the Ministry representatives are to decide what proposals would be included in the final agenda of the EU Council meetings.
The Council of the European Union is the forum for the Ministers of the Member States to adopt legislative acts and coordinate European policies.