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Policy Updates
State aid: Commission adopts new rules for State intervention on energy markets
Policy - Papers
After two years of negotiations, the European Commission adopted on 9 April new ‘Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy 2014-2020’. This new text is of crucial importance, as it will set new rules on energy markets by describing how Member States can promote cogeneration, renewables and support the development of energy infrastructures, including District Heating and Cooling.
Policy Update: Modernisation of State Aid
Policy - Papers
Summary: The European Commission is currently finalising its reform of State aid. The Commission has been working for two years on this key dossier that will have far-reaching consequences, in particular for the energy sector. By setting conditions for State intervention in energy markets, this reform will impact the design of future support schemes including those promoting District Heating and Cooling, and Cogeneration. This is the reason why the Secretariat has had a high level of engagement on this dossier, and contributed to all public consultations organised by the Commission since the negotiation started. The latest development in this process was a Commission’s consultation on two important texts : a second draft of the General Block Exemption Regulation and draft Guidelines on ‘Environmental and Energy Aid for 2014-2020’. The Secretariat has contributed to these consultations, and meetings are now taking place with Member States and Commission to ensure that our views and contributions are duly taken into account in the final version of these texts.
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European Parliament calls for a heat strategy

Press release
Today for the third time the European Parliament recognised the importance of heating and cooling in its report on a 2030 climate and energy policy framework. In the past, the Parliament has twice called on the Commission to avoid maintaining a narrow focus on electricity, and to fully integrate the heating and cooling sector into the pathways towards a sustainable energy model . Nevertheless, heating and cooling remains largely neglected by EU policies despite representing over 45% of the final energy consumption in the European Union compared to 20% for electricity (IEA, 2011).
2030 Framework Incomplete Without Heating and Cooling

Heating and cooling represent over 45% of final energy consumption in the European Union compared to 20% for electricity, 26% transport and 9% for ‘non-energy’ use, yet they remain curiously peripheral features of EU energy policy.
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