The Climate Action Group (CAG) was established at the Informal Ministerial Council of Energy and Environmental Ministers on 9-10 June 2017, Wachau. It is to act as a platform for cooperation between representatives of ministries and agencies in charge of energy, climate change and environment from the Energy Community Contracting Parties and Observer Countries. Its key objective is to facilitate the development of climate policy, the integration of energy and climate planning and the transposition of related legislation into national legislation and to support its effective implementation.
Pursuant to the ministers adoption of Recommendation 2018/01/MC-EnC, the Groups's name was changed to that of Energy and Climate Committee in December 2017.
In the Energy Community context, the Energy and Climate Committee acts as the primary platform for the work towards National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs):
1. The Group works on the preparatory steps for the development of national plans and progress reports, in line with the recommendation to be discussed by the Energy Community Ministerial Council;
2. The Group works with the Energy Community Secretariat and the European Commission to propose an EU-convergent, viable and streamlined process to establish 2030 targets.
Members of the Energy and Climate Committee are up to two representatives of the Contracting Parties’ ministries responsible for energy and climate policies respectively, as well as the European Commission and the Secretariat. Representatives shall be at the level of ministers, state secretaries, or deputy/assistant ministers.
Participants and Observers to the Energy Community are invited to participate in the work and meetings of the Committee. The Committee aims at including also non-governmental actors in its work and meetings and will agree on their participation on a case by case basis.
During its first meeting held in Vienna on 5 September 2017, the Committee appointed its co-Chairs,
- Connie Hedegaard (Chair of the Board, KR Foundation, Former EU Commissioner for Climate Action) and,
- Ostap Semerak, (Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources, Ukraine);