BRUSSELS, 23 (EUROPA PRESS)
The European Commission has opened for public consultation on Monday the review of the design of the electricity market to better protect consumers from the escalation and volatility of prices after Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine and ensure access to secure energy from clean sources.
The consultation will remain open for comments from stakeholders for three weeks, until next February 13, and its results will help Brussels shape its own legislative proposal, due by the end of March, the Commission has already announced in its work program for 2023.
Specifically, the survey asks for opinions to contribute to lower electricity bills, reduce the impact of the price of fossil fuels, boost renewable energies, guarantee supply, consumer protection or improvements in transparency, surveillance and market integrity.
After two decades of the current electricity market, the European Union (EU) as a whole sees the need for a comprehensive reform to better protect households and businesses from high energy prices, increase resilience and accelerate the green transition in the context of the current electricity price crisis, with an economic burden that has fallen on end consumers.
Commission President Ursula von der Leyen already announced this residue in her annual State of the Union address, something the EU-27 have called for rapid work on in order to ensure European energy sovereignty and achieve climate neutrality.
To date, Spain, France and Greece are the three Member States that have anticipated the proposal of the Community Executive by sending their own contributions for the redesign of the electricity market, as confirmed by sources of the Community Executive.
In this regard, the Third Vice-President and Minister for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera, has already pointed out that the Spanish approach, submitted on January 10 to Brussels, aroused "great interest" among its European partners and, in fact, has been publicly supported by the German Minister of Economy, Robert Habeck.
Spain, which was also the first country to submit a proposal to Europe, has also begun contacts with Brussels with a view to extending the Iberian gas cap mechanism in order to be able to continue lowering final consumer prices in the face of high natural gas prices, at least until the end of 2024, and which has enabled savings of 4,500 million euros to date (150 euros per family on average).