European Energy Dialogue on the Energy Union: progress, governance, and civil society participation

Europe's energy markets and sector are in the middle of a large transformation process towards a low-carbon system with a much more diverse landscape of market participants. This transition process has – in many countries – been driven forward by civil society organisation, from companies that produce solar panels at ever lower costs to local energy cooperatives supplying renewable energies to their members. Politically, Europe's energy transition is developed within the framework of the Energy Union strategy from early 2015 and has been made concrete through numerous strategies, legislative proposals, and communications, among them, most recently, the 'Clean Energy for All Europeans' package from November 2016.