The energy system is the backbone of the European economy, and as such it currently undergoes a profound transition. The EU is confronted with manifold changes and challenges. Final energy costs are rising, the energy system becomes more decentralised, consumers turn into 'prosumers' and renewable energy is increasing its share in the energy mix.

Import dependency is expected to increase from around 50% of total EU consumption in 2014 to 65% in 2030 with higher reliance on gas and oil imports. At the same time the energy efficiency improvement intensifies. 

BusinessEurope welcomes the 'Energy Union' strategy as an important first step to balance the EU’s energy, climate and industrial challenges better than in the past. It now needs to be transformed into a true driver of industrial growth. Action is key.

The challenge of high energy prices should receive the necessary attention through implementing a coherent and targeted approach to remove policy-driven costs. A strengthened energy policy coordination among member states, both on market and transmission side, is necessary to reap the benefits of the internal energy market. Existing EU legislation must be fully implemented and much needed cross-border connectivity projects rolled out. By implementing a determined diversification strategy, the EU should seize the opportunities coming from new suppliers entering the global energy markets and from the range of domestic resources.


Position papers Date
Comments and proposals for amendments to the EU electricity market design regulation 12/05/2023
Key principles for the reform of the EU electricity market design - a BusinessEurope position paper 13/02/2023
Permit-granting processes for renewable energy projects and power purchase agreements (PPAs) - BusinessEurope reply to the public consultation 12/04/2022
Hydrogen and decarbonised gas package - BusinessEurope reply to the 'gas networks' consultation 18/06/2021
Renewable energy directive (RED II) and energy efficiency directive (EED) - BusinessEurope comments 10/02/2021
Roadmap for an EU Smart Sector Integration Strategy - BusinessEurope's response 08/06/2020
Evaluation of the EU framework for taxation of energy products and electricity - BusinessEurope's reply to the public consultation 04/06/2018
Electricity market regulation - BusinessEurope's views 13/02/2018
Governance of the Energy Union: delivering on energy & climate plans, while keeping competitiveness in check 20/07/2017
Clean energy for all Europeans - BusinessEurope comments on the package 30/05/2017
Is there a role for capacity mechanisms in Europe’s power markets? BusinessEurope reaction to the Commission’s state aid sector inquiry into capacity mechanisms 13/07/2016
BusinessEurope views on the review of the energy efficiency directive 19/05/2016
BusinessEurope position on security of gas supply 13/01/2016
BusinessEurope position on intergovernmental agreements in the field of energy 12/11/2015
A new energy market design - BusinessEurope response to the public consultation 12/10/2015
Energy Union: making the EU energy and climate policy fit for competitiveness and sustainable growth 17/03/2015
Energy in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership - a BusinessEurope position paper 10/06/2014
Press releases Date
EU electricity market design reform: Step in the right direction 14/03/2023
EU electricity market design: Future-proofing that supports competitiveness of the European economy is needed 20/02/2023
Energy crisis: we need a game-changer proposal 24/10/2022
Energy crisis: European business urges leaders to support bold actions 20/10/2022
Energy crisis: European business calls for new EU-wide measures 06/10/2022
Addressing skyrocketing energy prices is a matter of survival for European companies and households 09/09/2022
Business calls on market-driven winter preparedness 20/07/2022
EU energy efficiency proposal needs a more realistic target and more flexibility 17/01/2018
Public letters Date
Emergency measures to combat the energy crisis - Letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen ahead of the extraordinary Energy Council on 24 November 2022 22/11/2022
EU business urgently calls on tackling high energy prices - Letter from Fredrik Persson and Markus J. Beyrer to Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission 28/09/2022
Taxonomy Complementary Delegated Act on gas and nuclear activities - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Members of the European Parliament 23/06/2022
Revision process of the gas directive - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Elisabeth Köstinger 18/10/2018
Trialogue negotiations on the electricity market regulation and the energy efficiency directive - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Temenuzhka Petkova 07/06/2018
Gas directive - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to members of the European Parliament ITRE Committee 14/03/2018
Message to the Energy Council meeting on 18 December 2017 - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Kadri Simson 15/12/2017
Gas Directive - letter from Markus J. Beyrer to European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič 13/12/2017
Energy efficiency revision - Letter from BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia to Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission 29/11/2016
BusinessEurope views on the impact of the Paris agreement on the 2030 framework for climate and energy policies 29/02/2016
Reports and studies Date
European business views on a competitive energy & climate strategy 29/04/2019
Energy Efficiency Directive - Implementation of the articles 3, 4, 7 and 8 - a Businesseurope study 07/11/2016
A Competitive EU Energy and Climate Policy - BusinessEurope recommendations for a 2030 framework for energy and climate policies 25/06/2013
Speeches Date
Breaking new ground: the wind industry and the global energy transition - Address by Markus J. Beyrer at the WindEurope 2018 conference - Global Wind Summit, Hamburg (Germany) 25/09/2018
Intervention by Director General Markus J. Beyrer at the European Social Partners meeting on the Energy Union 21/11/2016
High-level conference on the forthcoming power market reform - 'Helping or slowing down European industry?' - Address by Markus J. Beyrer, BusinessEurope Director General 24/10/2016


Alexandre Affre

Deputy Director General
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Agata Zalewska

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Last updated: 19 June 2018