What is the European Energy Union?
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The European Energy Union is a plan to bring about a transition, in Europe, to a low-carbon economy. At present, ageing infrastructure, poorly integrated markets and uncoordinated policies are holding back this aim, denying important benefits, such as increased choice or lower energy prices, to consumers, households and businesses. The Energy Union then is a plan to deliver a single energy market in Europe with a forward-looking climate change policy.
There is a lot to do in order to achieve this aim. Six EU member states still depend on one external supplier for all their gas imports.