MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
14/12/2020 – Press release – European and international energy policy
A few weeks before the end of the German EU Council Presidency, the video conference of the energy ministers of the European Union will take place this morning, in which the European Union Energy Commissioner, Kadri Simson, will also take part. After the European Council decided a few days ago to raise the European climate target for 2030 to 55%, the European Commission’s strategy for the comprehensive restructuring of the energy system towards a climate-neutral economy is on the agenda at today’s meeting. The European Commission has also announced comprehensive legislative proposals for the energy sector for 2021, which will also be at the center of today’s discussion. Minister Peter Altmaier: “I welcome the decision by the European Council to raise the European climate target for 2030 to 55%. This intermediate goal is important on our way to make Europe a climate neutral continent by 2050. With clear long-term objectives, we now have the unique opportunity to promote and reconcile climate protection and business together. We can secure jobs and create new ones by investing in innovation and new clean technologies. We must all work on this together in Europe with all our might and make further progress in all sectors. Today we will talk to the energy ministers about the role of the energy sector. We need to focus more on energy efficiency, accelerate the use of renewable electricity in all sectors and promote the production and use of renewable and low-carbon energy sources such as hydrogen. “The Council conclusions reached in the run-up to the meeting between the Member States on strengthening the European cooperation in offshore and other renewable energies as well as the Council conclusions on the development of an EU hydrogen market provide important impulses for the further development of European energy policy and at the same time contribute to the promotion of important future technologies on the way to climate neutrality Lead North Sea Energy Cooperation. Germany chaired this cooperation forum in 2020. The meeting between the energy ministers of the countries bordering the North Sea and EU Commissioner Simson serves in particular to discuss the EU strategy for renewable energies at sea and to discuss the Commission’s follow-up initiatives for 2021. The EU strategy has already taken up many elements that were contained in the joint declaration of the North Sea Energy Ministers from July 2020 under the German Presidency. In 2021, for example, an “EU Enabling Framework” for cross-border offshore wind projects is to be proposed by the European Commission, which will remove the existing barriers to cross-border projects. Components of the “EU Enabling Framework” are guidelines for a fair cost-benefit sharing between the member states, increased coordination of offshore spatial and network planning in compliance with national competencies, the strengthening of EU financing instruments and beneficial EU electricity market rules. At the same time, the chairmanship of the North Sea Energy Cooperation is officially handed over to Belgium at the ministerial meeting.
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