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EU ministers agree to extend emergency measures

On Tuesday (19 December), EU energy ministers reached a political agreement on extending the period of application of three emergency Council regulations adopted under Article 122 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU, designed for emergency situations.

The emergency measures were adopted last year due to the energy crisis. This includes improving energy supply cooperation through better coordination of gas purchases, speeding up the deployment of renewables by easing the permit-granting process and establishing a market correction mechanism to respond to price spikes.

Ministers agreed to delete Article 10 on mandatory participation in gas demand aggregation. The emergency regulation applies from 30 December 2022 for a period of one year. EU energy ministers agreed to extend the regulation for one more year, until 31 December 2024.

The regulation on the renewables deployment applies from 30 December 2022 for a period of 18 months. Ministers agreed to extend the period of application of certain amended provisions of the regulation until 30 June 2025. Unlike the other two emergency regulations, amendments go beyond the extension of the period of the regulation’s application.

“Poland supports the extension of the provisions on facilitating the issuance of permits for the implementation of renewable energy. We believe that this will contribute to increasing the share of renewable energy sources in gross final energy consumption in the EU. We support reducing administrative burdens and using the potential of European entrepreneurs,” said Miłosz Motyka, Deputy Minister of Climate and Environment.

In terms of the regulation establishing the market correction mechanism, ministers agreed to prolong the period of the regulation’s application and maintain its substance, as proposed by the European Commission. The regulation applies from 1 February 2023 for one year and it will be extended for one more year, until 31 January 2025.

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