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The Council adopts energy infrastructure regulation

EU News 142/2013

Council of the European Union
Brussels, 21 March 2013
(OR. en)

The Council adopted(1) today the regulation on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure (75/12, 7401/1/13 REV1 ADD1, 7401/1/13 REV 1 ADD 2).

The new regulatory framework will help to modernise and expand Europe's energy infrastructure in order to allow the EU to meet its core energy policy objectives of competitiveness, sustainability and security of supply. This regulation is one of the priorities set under the Single Market Act I, which contains measures to boost the European economy and create jobs. Furthermore, the construction of these infrastructures is of critical importance for the goal set by the February 2011 European Council that no member state should remain isolated from the European gas and electricity networks after 2015, and will contribute to reaching the ambitious EU climate and energy targets for 2020.

(1) The decision was taken without discussion at the Environment Council meeting. It follows an agreement with the European Parliament at first reading

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