Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (TTE) (Energy): extracts from the press conference by Neoklis SYLIKIOTIS, Minister in charge of Energy affairs and Günther OETTINGER, Member of the EC in charge of Energy
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council / Justus Lipsius
End production: 03/12/2012 First transmission: 03/12/2012
The Council took note of a progress report on the follow-up to the 2011 February European Council's conclusions on energy and held an exchange of views on the progress achieved. Ministers also hear the Commission presentation of its communication "Making the internal energy market work". The Council adopted conclusions on renewable energy. Furthermore, the Council was informed, in a public session, on the state of play on a proposal for a regulation on safety of offshore oil and gas activities.
They reach an agreement between the institutions during the third and final informal trialogue for a regulation proposal on trans-European energy infrastructures.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
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||SOUNDBITE (in Greek) by Neoklis Sylikiotis, Minister in charge of Energy affairs: In today's meeting of the Council of Energy ministers I announce the agreement that we achieved between the institutions during the third and final informal trialogue on the 27th of November for a regulation proposal on trans-European energy infrastructures. The Cyprus presidency had set this proposed regulation as a basic priority in the field of energy recognizing the urgent need for its immediate adoption.
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||SOUNDBITE (in Greek) by Neoklis Sylikiotis: Today our Council adopted conclusions on renewable sources of energy with which we have adopted some first indicators concerning the next steps and the lessons we have drown by the existing policy framework of the European Union.
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||SOUNDBITE (In german) by Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy: We also looked at the Commission proposal on safety of off-shore oil and gas prospection today and tomorrow. As far as the content its concern I think we largely agreed and thanks by the job done by the Cyprus presidency. I think that the Irish presidency in the first half of next year will be able to achieve success, for common rules on safety. A common understanding of safety, common standards at the moment when looking to what is standing in order to drill for oil and gas in Europe and the North-Atlantic, the Mediterranean and also the Black Sea.
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