EU energy market regulation
The European Commission presented on January 10, 2007 its roadmap for “An Energy Policy for Europe”. The communication includes a whole set of documents on issues such as energy efficiency, renewable energy, the internal market on energy and energy infrastructure.
A careful analysis of the EU Energy Strategy by the Craft and SME sector has shown that SMEs are affected by this plan in different ways:
SMEs suffer from inefficient competition in the energy sector,
SMEs can deliver effectively on energy efficiency, and
SMEs can contribute to reduce greenhouse gas emission and dependency from fossil energy.
Crafts and SMEs in Europe support the aims and the main targets of a new European Energy Policy, but ask all institutions at European and national level to take into account more carefully the needs of SMEs and the challenges SMEs will have to face such concrete measures to achieve these targets.