Position of the EPSU on the Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on energy end-use efficiency and energy services

June 2004

Position of the European Public Service Union (EPSU)
on the Commission of the European Communities'
“Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on energy end-use efficiency and energy services” (COM (2003) 739 final) dated 10.12.2003


The EPSU regards the proposal that has been presented as suitable for closing the current gap in the regulation of our deregulated energy markets due to the fact that certain customers, in particular, small and medium-sized industrial enterprises and households, have been exempted from legally mandated improvements in demand-side energy efficiency. Those sorts of demands represent major contributions toward achieving the most important goals of the EU in the energy sector, improving the reliabilities of energy supplies, inexpensive energy supplies, and environmental and climatic protection. In order to compensate for the impacts thereof on the economically disadvantaged while simultaneously exploiting the potentials for improving efficiency available there, special no-charge programs should be instituted for those groups.
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