Dear Ministers, 

I am writing to you on behalf of the European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE), a multi-sectoral business organisation whose members have operations across the 28 Member States of the European Union, directly employ 340.000 people in Europe and have an aggregated annual turnover of €115 bn.

The EED and Governance 2030 are central to the EU post-2020 energy framework and consequently to the success of the European energy transition. From a business perspective, these two pieces of legislation -if correctly designed -have the potential to provide investors with the much-needed certainty and predictability for investments, increase the competitiveness of the European industry, generate economic growth and create millions of jobs across the continent.

We welcomed your statement on the EED General Approach reached in July 2017 and your willingness “to pursue the negotiations with a view to improve the ambition of the (EED) directive” and we also appreciated your continued support for a strong EU Governance 2030 framework. We trust you will maintain this ambition, so as to achieve a better result than the one that could be expected from the current General approach of the Council. This is all the more important in this final stage of the legislative process, as we fear that several key provisions in both proposals might be at risk. A poor outcome of negotiations could severely affect the capacity of the EU to deliver its commitments in the framework of the Energy Union and the Paris Agreement.

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