Directorate-General for Energy(DG ENER)

For questions related to energy two new areas have been established in the new European Commission:

  • Energy Union headed by Commissioner and Vice-President of the European Commission, Maroš Šefčovič
  • Climate Action and Energy under the lead of Commissioner Miquel Arias Cañete

The Directorate-General for Energy, continues to be headed by Dominique Ristori.

The Mission statement of DG ENERGY focuses on the development and implementation of the European energy policy and and implementation of innovative policies, mainly:

  • 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.

In developing a European energy policy, the Directorate-General aims to support the Europe 2020 programme which, for energy, is captured in the Energy 2020 strategy.

The Directorate-General carries out its tasks in many different ways. For example, it develops strategic analyses and policies for the energy sector; promotes the completion of the internal energy market encompassing electricity, gas, oil and oil products, solid fuels and nuclear energy; supports the reinforcement of energy infrastructure, ensures that indigenous energy sources are exploited in safe and competitive conditions; ensures that markets can deliver agreed objectives, notably in efficiency and renewable energies; promotes and conducts an EU external energy policy; facilitates energy technology innovation; develops the most advanced legal framework for nuclear energy, covering safety, security and non-proliferation safeguards; monitors the implementation of existing EU law and makes new legislative proposals; encourages the exchange of best practices and provides information to stakeholders.

All these activities are aided by expert input from the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA), the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), the Euratom Supply Agency (ESA), and the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER). .