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Kadri Simson: the adoption of ambitious 2030 climate targets is important for the Energy Community members

Attending the 8th Energy and Climate Committee on 12 April in Vienna, EU Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson underlined the importance that the European Union places on working closely with the Energy Community in order to tackle shared energy challenges.

“Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has highlighted our common vulnerabilities when it comes to the security of supply and underlined the need to reduce the dependence on Russian fossil fuels,” she said. “Ultimately, the best remedy is the clean energy transition, which will not only make our energy systems greener but also more autonomous. The adoption of ambitious 2030 energy and climate targets is important for putting the Energy Community members on this path.” 

In the first session, chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Olha Stefanishyna, Ministers underlined that the Energy and Climate Committee should play an important role in advancing the process of target negotiations. The Informal Ministerial Council in early July is expected to take stock of the outcome of negotiations that have reached a final stage among the Parties. The Ministerial Council at the end of 2022 is foreseen to adopt the decision on the targets.

During the second part of the meeting, chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia, Zorana Mihajlović, participants exchanged views on measures to address high energy prices. The ministers reflected on ways to act in a coordinated way and demonstrate solidarity both among Contracting Parties and also with EU Member States. The discussions addressed a number of EU measures for the security of supply to be possibly extended to Energy Community Contracting Parties.

Photo: Energy Community/Twitter.

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