The Communication defines defines the energy priorities for the next ten years and sets the actions to be taken in order to tackle the challenges of saving energy, achieving a market with competitive prizes and secure supplies, boosting technological leadership, and effectively negotiate with our international partners.
In the Communication, the Commission defines EU priority corridors for the transport of electricity, gas and oil. A toolbox is also proposed in order to enable a timely implementation of these priority infrastructures.
On 22 June 2011, a new set of measures for increased Energy Efficiency is proposed by the European Commission to fill the gap and put back the EU on track. This proposal for this new directive brings forward measures to step up Member States efforts to use energy more efficiently at all stages of the energy chain – from the transformation of energy and its distribution to its final consumption.
On 3 March 2011 the two "Gas and Electricity Directives" have to be transposed into national law by Members States and the three Regulations (one on conditions for access to the natural gas transmission networks, one on conditions for access to the network for cross-border exchanges in electricity and one on the establishment of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators) become applicable.
In September 2007, the Commission made a series of proposals to further open up the gas and electricity markets.
In July 2009, the third legislative package for an internal EU gas and electricity market was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council.
Since 3 September 2009, entry into force of the Third Package, Member States have 18 months to transpose the gas and electricity Directives into national law.