The Council adopted conclusions on the Energy Union governance, which will provide guidance to the Commission for building the Energy Union in the months and years ahead, in particular regarding the governance instrument.
The governance system will monitor the EU's collective progress towards the achievement of EU energy and climate targets and its general policy objectives across the five dimensions. It will also provide a consistent and transparent overview of the state of the Energy Union.
The Council held an orientation debate, in public session, on a new energy market design and on a new deal for energy consumers, as part of the follow-up to those two related Commission communications. Legislative proposals on both issues are expected for the second half of 2016.
The focus of the debate was on the role, responsibilities and powers of Distribution System Operators (DSO's) and the reform of the retail energy markets.