The implementation of the internal energy market rules would play a central role in the EU's security of supply and competitiveness, the Swedish Energy Minister told The Anadolu Agency Tuesday.
"EU countries should not sign individual agreements that are not in line with the rules of the internal energy market," said Ibrahim Baylan, the energy minister, in Copenhagen on the sidelines of an energy conference. He added that "On the other hand, we should avoid creating too much red tape in the EU."
The member states in the EU are obliged to report to the Commission after they sign an energy agreement but the Energy Union says that it is not enough and wants to take further steps through the review of the reported agreements.
The Energy Union Package unveiled in Brussels on Feb. 25, calls for greater coordination between EU member states to enable a free flow of energy across borders and a secure supply for EU citizens.
The EU's energy union strategy is a part of the bloc's attempts to reduce its energy dependency on external states, including Russia.
Russia is the main supplier of gas to the EU. The energy union seeks to bring together internal energy supplies, to free the EU from dependence on Russia amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and sanctions imposed by the west against key figures in the Russian establishment.
The EU, the largest energy importer in the world, imports 53 percent of its energy at an annual cost of around €400 billion ($430 billion), according to Eurostat.
By Gulsen Cagatay