From April to July 2019, DG Competition held a targeted consultation on its evaluation of its Guidelines on State aid for Environmental Protection and Energy 2014-2020 (EEAG).

The existing EEAG will need to be amended to fit the new context of the CEP, including its intent to ensure citizens can participate both individually and collectively through energy communities across the energy market. Specifically, the EEAG should include a new chapter on energy communities, particularly RECs. The revisions of the EEAG will need to support and reinforce the national enabling frameworks that Member States will be required to put in place for RECs. This new chapter should permit Member States to put in place other supportive measures (e.g. providing information, providing technical and financial support, reducing administrative requirements, including community-focused bidding criteria, creating tailored bidding windows for RECs) for RECs, regardless of their size.