Parliament backs EU plan to accelerate renewables permitting

(EurActiv, 15 Dec 2022) The European Parliament voted on Wednesday (14 December) in favour of faster approval deadlines for new renewable energy installations, paving the way for talks with EU member states to finalise the law next year.

The proposal was tabled by the European Commission on 18 May as part of the REpowerEU package, which seeks to end Europe’s reliance on Russian fossil fuel imports following its military aggression in Ukraine.

MEPs approved amendments to the final text, with 407 votes in favour, 34 against, and 181 abstentions.

The aim of the proposed law is to accelerate the permitting procedure for new renewable energy power plants, thus boosting the EU’s domestic production capacity.

EU member states still have to give their approval to the text before it can become law. EU countries are currently examining the Commission’s proposal and are expected to take a stance on Monday, opening the way for talks with Parliament to finalise the law after the new year.

“The vote today is a positive contribution to a faster energy transition,” said Markus Pieper, a German conservative MEP who steered the file through Parliament for the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP).

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