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Energy Poverty

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The EU is committed to tackling energy poverty by its roots and protecting vulnerable consumers, and made it a policy priority in the Clean energy for all Europeans package, adopted in 2019.

Significantly, a common definition on energy poverty was agreed for the first time in these new EU rules, which require that EU countries monitor the situation in their countries and introduce specific national objectives on energy poverty in their national energy and climate plans (NECPs). 

The responsibility of the EU to protect and empower energy consumers is endorsed by EU citizens, according to the Special Eurobarometer 492 (2019). The poll shows that 89% of EU citizens agree that the EU must ensure access to affordable energy, such as ensuring competitive market prices, in particular to reduce the number of people unable to pay their energy bills.