In December 2018, EU legislators agreed to adopt new electricity market rules to better integrate renewable energy, to help consumers switching energy providers and to end state subsidies to the most polluting coal power plants.
The European Commission („EC”) has launched an infringement proceeding against Hungary in July 2018. According to the EC, the Hungarian law excludes certain cost types from the electricity and internal gas network charges, which are in infringement of the prescribed cost recovery plan set out in the Directive of Electricity and Internal Gas.
Europe’s transition to a clean and modern economy is the goal of the Energy Union. In January 2018 the EU decided to support 17 selected electricity and gas projects to upgrade and make the European energy system more competitive that will ultimately deliver cheaper and secure energy to all European consumers.
New rules have been adopted by the European Parliament on 2 March 2017 concerning the involvement of the EU Commission in the negotiations between the EU Member States and third countries in the procedure of concluding energy supply agreements. Currently, Member States are obliged to submit energy agreements to the Commission only after signing them.
The European Commission presented a package of measures called “Clean Energy for All Europeans” to keep the European Union competitive in the energy markets.
A new bill on the amendment to the Electricity Act designates a separate section for the special rules on wind turbines. The new provisions assign the power to the Hungarian Government to define the number of building permits and occupation permits that can be issued for the construction and/or the use of wind turbines and wind farms, and to limit their maximum capacity in each calendar year.