In 2015 a vision for an ambitious Energy Union was presented by the European Commission and in February this vision was translated into a concrete Strategy. However, this Strategy was only the start of a decisive process. In order to materialise the benefits of the Energy Union a series of concrete actions are needed at the political, diplomatic, and legislative level.
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič announced country-visits to find best practices and telling examples across Europe of how we could realize the deep energy transition that Europe needs. The so-called Energy Union Tour is intended to bring the Energy Union to the Member States, to national parliaments and local mayors, to social partners and business representatives, to students and think tanks, to explain ‘on the spot’ that the Energy Union is a 'triple win' because it benefits consumers, the economy, and the environment. Moreover it is meant to discuss with citizens and political actors what the European Energy Union means for each country.
The Energy Union Tour will also allow national governments to provide their own assessment of opportunities and challenges in the field of energy and climate; to complement the Commission’s analysis and to bring, where needed, some additional information. This national dialogue should result in reliable, up-to-date country-specific fiches, along with recommendations. Once finalised, these fiches and recommendations will be made public and will be part of the first State of the Energy Union, which is envisaged to be adopted on the 18th of November 2015.