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At the Energy Council in Luxembourg today, the EU Energy Ministers are negotiating important parts of the legislative package entitled 'Clean Energy for all Europeans'. The legislative package, which was presented by the European Commission on 30 November 2016, is intended to reshape the European framework for the energy transition.

Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier said: "I hope that we will reach an agreement in principle for the energy efficiency and renewables targets that allows us to reach a final agreement with the European Parliament before the end of the Bulgarian Presidency. For this purpose, we need targets with a sense of proportion, ambition and understanding of economic interdependencies. We must in particular ensure that we will also reach the objectives agreed upon. Otherwise, the credibility of European decisions would be undermined. I am confident that we will jointly achieve good results."

The trilogue negotiations between the Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission on the first part of the legislative package entitled 'Clean Energy for all Europeans' will soon be concluded. It comprises the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive, the revision of the Energy Efficiency Directive and the Governance Regulation. The Bulgarian Presidency aims to reach an agreement with the European Parliament and the European Commission before the end of this half-year.

Furthermore, the Ministers reached a general approach of the Council on the revision of the Regulation on the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER). The Agency plays a key role for the further integration of the single electricity market. ACER in particular decides on methods for cross-border trade in electricity and cross-border energy security.

Federal Minister Altmaier said: "We need a strong agency for the cooperation of the national regulatory authorities to ensure that the European internal electricity market will work smoothly every day and grow closer together. Today's decisions will strengthen the constructive work within ACER and thus increase the legitimacy of the Agency's decisions."