On 7 June 2013, the Commission organised an open stakeholder meeting to discuss the results of its public consultation on unconventional fossil fuels (e.g. shale gas). The consultation, which attracted more than 22,000 individual responses, found a huge majority in favour of EU guidelines or a legal framework governing the extraction of unconventional fossil fuels (e.g. shale gas). Inaction at the EU level was the least favoured option. The Commission will take account of the results of this consultation and put forward proposals later this year.

The Commission’s presentation containing the results of the public consultation can be accessed via the following link:

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/energy/pdf/Presentation_07062013.pdf