The EHA used the quiet August month in Brussels to visit EU officials to inquire about the Commission’s plans for energy and transport infrastructure. As this autumn a communication on EU energy infrastructure development is expected as well as on a European Energy Strategy till 2030, the EHA last month has submitted a positon paper to facilitate more concrete reflections on how a hydrogen infrastructure can best be integrated in national and local energy systems. We are also working on a short paper for the TEN T consultation to keep the hydorgen topic visible in these developments as well.. In view of the European Roadmap 2020 for Hydrogen Transport that is currently being prepared and the increasing inquiries of car companies on how and where to develop the first local refuelling infrastructures in Europe, EU, national and local authorities will need to start to reflect on what the use of hydrogen will mean for their energy production and distribution as well as for industrial development .
In a meeting on September 1, the Commission discussed its plans for EU’s industrial policy that will be presented on October 13. When a few years back a common EU Industrial policy proofed difficult, because of recent issues regarding the euro, internal market, and discipline with regards to State Aid in addition to the expected 18% growth in Asian countries compared to only 2 % in the EU, the winds have changed. Commissioner for Industry, Antonio Tajani indicated five areas as the main focus of the EC :
1. improvement of access to credit especiaaly for SME’s;
2. reinforcement of the internal market;
3. less bureaucracy;
4. better and more sustainable infrastructures for transport and energy;
5. create more synergies between centres of excellence and industry.