The EU Energy Platform was established on 7 April 2022, at a first meeting with EU countries, to secure the EU's energy supply at affordable prices in the current geopolitical context and to phase out dependency on Russian gas.
The platform is a voluntary coordination mechanism supporting the purchase of gas and hydrogen for the EU. It was first proposed in the REPowerEU Communication “Joint European Action for more affordable, secure and sustainable energy”. The EU's Heads of State or Government endorsed the idea shortly after, at the European Council on 25 March.
It will ensure cooperation in areas where it is more effective to act in a coordinated way at EU level rather than at national level.
The platform will build on existing EU policy initiatives and cooperate with EU countries, transmission system operators, associations and market players. It will make use of existing coordination structures for security of supply (Gas Coordination Group, including network of gas operators ENTSO-G) and the regional assessment of energy infrastructure (e.g. High-Level Groups: CESEC, BEMIP, South West Europe).
The Commission will steer the work of the platform aiming at bringing supplies, ensuring them by reaching customers via the existing gas infrastructure, without heavily disrupting market mechanisms, and delivering on security of supply.
Regional task forces
The platform will work through regional task forces. The South-East Europe regional task force was launched on 5 May 2022 at a ministerial meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria, in coordination with neighbours in the South East of Europe.
On 1 June the Commission endorsed an action plan to guide the next steps of diversification and security of supply in the South-East Europe region after the disruption of gas supplies by Russia. It foresees joint efforts of the region and the European Commission on 3 pillars
- gas demand needs of the region, including demand reduction potential via electricity
- infrastructure opportunities and addressing outstanding issues
- gas supply options
The regional task-force cooperates with Contracting Parties of the Energy Community and the Secretariat of the Energy Community in an effort to increase energy security in the region holistically.
The Central-Eastern regional task force was initiated in June 2022 at a ministerial meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, in coordination with the concerned EU countries and neighbouring Energy Community Contracting Parties, including Ukraine and Moldova. The meeting mapped key issues in the region's cooperation, particularly in the fields of gas demand, demand reduction potential, the efficient use of infrastructure and the gas supply options to diversify away from Russian gas.
Other regional task forces including North-West, South-West and the Baltics will follow.
Joint purchasing mechanism
As a next step in its REPowerEU plan, the Commission will present a voluntary joint purchasing mechanism, which will negotiate and contract gas for consumers in participating EU countries.
- REPowerEU Plan (COM(2022)230)
- REPowerEU: Joint European Action for more affordable, secure and sustainable energy (COM(2022)108)
- Energy Community
- Action Plan for the Regional Energy Platform for South-East Europe (2/06/2022)
- Launching the EU Energy Platform Task-Force (25/05/2022)
- Bulgaria sets up the first regional task-force as part of the EU energy platform (28/04/2022)