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Consultation on the Mid-term Evaluation of Directive 2009/119/EC imposing an obligation on Member States to maintain minimum stocks of crude oil and/or petroleum products


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Target audience

Public authorities, Member States authorities, private organisations, industry associations, SMEs, Consultancies, other relevant stakeholders and Citizens (inside and outside of the European Union).

Why we are consulting


As oil plays an important role in the economy, it is vital to keep emergency stocks to be used in the event of supply disruptions. A mid-term evaluation to assess how Directive 2009/119 has been implemented in Member States and how it is functioning in practice is ongoing. A public consultation designed to collect the views of stakeholders and the general public is an important step of the evaluation process.

Respondents from all categories of stakeholders support the Directive. They praise the relevance of the text to guaranteeing the security of oil supply by ensuring emergency oil stocks are held in all Member States under an efficient system that is partly aligned with International Energy Agency rules in order to minimise costs and administrative burden. The Directive is deemed to be coherent with EU policies, and especially with the 'Energy security, solidarity and trust' pillar of the Energy Union. Respondents have raised a number of technical issues. These are mainly related to the methodologies set out in the annexes to the Directive, as well as the remaining obstacles to holding emergency stocks in other Member States, among other issues.

Objective of the consultation

The objective of this consultation is to collect views and suggestions from stakeholders and citizens for the purposes of the current evaluation of Council Directive 2009/119/EC imposing an obligation on Member States to maintain stocks of crude oil and/or petroleum products.

The general objectives of the evaluation are to assess how the Oil Stocks Directive has been implemented in the Member States and how it is functioning in practice; to identify possible problems and areas for improvement or simplification.

For more information about the evaluation, see the roadmap.

How to submit your contribution

Please, submit your response to this public consultation by 25 November 2016 at the latest.

Received contributions will be published on line.

Please read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

Non-registered organisation responses will be published separately.

You are invited to reply to this public consultation by following this link.




European Commission, DG Energy - ENER.B.4, Security of supply, Rue De Mot 24, B-1049 Bruxelles, Belgium

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Reference documents and other, related consultations

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