EU energy policy needs new targets for renewables, energy efficiency and CO2 emission also in 2030

(26 September 2013) EPSU unions discussed the future policy goals of the EU for 2030 and confirmed the need for policy targets for renewables, energy efficiency and CO2 emissions for 2030 as an intermediate step towards near zero CO2 emissions in 2050. Just transition principles should be an integral part of EU policy. This was also confirmed by Benjamin Denis, energy advisor to ETUC. He informed members of the recent decisions of the ETUC and how the ETUC is arguing for Just transition principles in EU energy policy and also in global agreements. The ILO should be given a greater role with regard to implementing the just transition agenda. Benjamin further discussed with members the European Resource Efficiency Platform, the dominance of corporate interests, the market based orientation of the solutions the European Commission is searching for and the issues the platform will be working on in the future: greening jobs and skills, producer responsibility, communication and marketing, financial models and instruments to mobilize private investment, objectives and measuring. Members were also briefed by David Boys (PSI) on the topics of the global energy meeting 24-25 September. {{The Standing Committee approved:}} - An EPSU position on the European Commission public consultation on nuclear liability and insurance. We argue that the liability system should be strengthened with the amounts to be set aside or reserved much higher given experience, even considering an unlimited liability. The insurance can be pooled by the operators at European level as well as the liability. Damages to workers and including subcontractor workers and emergency workers need to be fully compensated.

- [The report of the electricity social dialogue->art9775] {{Members also considered:}} - the preparations for Congress and noted that addressing Climate Change will be important for EPSU affiliates. The Congress Resolutions Committee will consider the amendments to the resolutions 5 November 2013. - An update was given on public procurement and the concessions directive. The trade unions have successfully convinced the Council and Parliament to strengthen the obligations public authorities have to indicate the applicable collective agreements while contractors will have to clarify the work they will do with subcontractors. Concessions in water services will be excluded from the directive, due to the success of the Right2Water Campaign, which forced Commissioner Barnier in June to listen to European citizens. - Health and safety should have a higher priority. Members considered a recent report on health and safety and Green jobs, Workplaces get fragmented, health and safety cultures are weakened and trade union representation is often weak in such new jobs thus workers are exposed to higher risks. There is an important role for the unions to reach out to these workers. - Developments regarding the [South East European Energy Community->rub239]. It will be important that in the revision of the Treaty the social dimension will be strengthened. - Evaluation of the water campaign - Company developments. The Standing Committee met on 23 September 2013, in Luxemburg. It was chaired by Jan Ruden. Participants came from Albania, Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom. For the EPSU Secretariat participated the Deputy General Secretary and Jerry van den Berge.