Eluned Morgan, the rapporteur for the European Parliament Report on the Electricity Market which was adopted last month, and other Members of the European Parliament are now organising around a declaration on Energy Poverty.
If more than half the MEPs sign the declaration by November, the Commission is called upon to make a response. The declaration focuses on four main elements. It:
- Considers that the Commission should propose a Communication on tackling energy poverty in the European Union.
- Calls on Member States to provide national definitions of energy poverty and develop national action plans to eradicate energy poverty.
- Calls on the Commission to monitor and coordinate data provided by Member States, in addition to ensuring universal and public service obligations are respected.
- Instructs its President to forward this declaration, together with the names of the signatories, to the Commission and the Council.
EAPN will be working with CECODHAS, EPSU and other NGO’s to lobby on this important Declaration.
A model letter will be circulated at the end of August. Get your MEPs to sign the declaration!