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This policy brief gives a brief overview of political and regulatory context at European level for the development of energy communities, focusing on their social role. The brief shows that while regulation of energy communities is still in its infancy, it is benefitting from a good political dynamic pushed by the EU. Nevertheless, the social obligations ascribed to energy communities as non-traditional market players are not being matched with the level of support needed to meet such expectations. The policy thus also offers several recommendations for EU policymakers, to continue to help energy communities thrive and realise their potential to reduce energy poverty and make the energy system more fair.