The global energy sector is set for profound change. The European Union is at the forefront of this transformation. It has adopted measures to deliver ambitious climate and energy targets for 2030 and a new energy rulebook called Clean Energy for All Europeans.
The public consultation solicited views and input from the public on how the Bank can best support EU energy policy and long-term climate and energy targets. A consultation document highlighted the key consultation topics.
The public consultation process
The public consultation was announced on 21 December 2018 and officially launched on 8 January 2019. Stakeholders were invited to send written contributions by 29 March 2019.
A consultation meeting took place in Brussels on 25 February 2019. This meeting offered an opportunity for direct exchanges between interested stakeholders and the EIB. The event was livestreamed and participants could interact remotely.
Outcome of the public consultation
The EIB received 149 written contributions from organisations or individuals. Feedback and suggestions were rich and diverse. Three petitions were received, signed by over 30 000 people in total.
In line with the EIB Group Transparency Policy, a draft consultation report was made available. The report provides an overview of the consultation process and the stakeholder submissions received. It presents a detailed issues matrix that consolidates the written contributions and presents the EIB’s response to the points raised. The draft energy lending policy was also made available.
Discussion and decision
The EIB Board of Directors discussed the draft energy lending policy at its meetings on 10 September and 15 October 2019.