The latest draft EU Council negotiating position invites countries to share their views on what percentage of their planned increase in the share of renewable energy between 2020 and 2030 should be deployed by mid-decade.
The governance framework with its reporting obligations aims to ensure that member states meet the EU renewable energy and energy efficiency targets for 2030 in the absence of binding national targets.
The European Commission's proposal for a Governance Regulation, tabled last November, required countries to define their contribution towards the overall EU target to source at least 27% of its energy from renewables by 2030 and to set out a linear trajectory from 2021 with a view to meeting it.
A draft Council position, however, abandons the linear approach, leaving open the option of doing less in the early years and catching up later.
Such an approach was floated last spring in a Czech proposal, which suggested that member states should be allowed to deviate from the trajectory within a given range.
However, the text maintains the Commission's proposal for a linear trajectory when it comes to countries' contributions towards meeting the collective 30% target for increasing energy efficiency by 2030.
The European Parliament is also debating its negotiating stance on the Commission's proposal. The first draft, tabled jointly by Green MEPs Claude Turmes and Michele Rivasi, included binding national renewables and energy efficiency targets.