In European Council conclusions just released, European Leaders invited the Commission to come forward with a 2050 climate strategy compatible with the Paris Agreement early in 2019.
To stop climate change we need a shared view of where we are going and how fast we are getting there. The new long-term strategy will be an important tool to identify the choices that we face: when Europe needs to exit coal, oil and gas, how quickly we need to transform the building stock and what kind of infrastructure is needed in Europe
Council conclusions are not enough though. The Energy Union Governance regulation is being negotiated and should provide a clear framework for long-term planning at European and national level aligned with the goals of the Paris Agreement.