Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Energy): extracts from the press conference
Lieu: Luxembourg (town), Luxembourg - Council
End production: 07/06/2013 First transmission: 07/06/2013
The European Ministers in charge of Energy gathered today in Luxembourg to discuss the European energy market on the basis of the European Commission communication "Making the internal energy market work", as well as recent developments in international relations in the energy field.
Ministers also took note of a progress report on a draft directive on indirect land-use change amending the fuel quality and renewable energy directives, which aims to minimise the impact of indirect changes of land use on greenhouse gas emissions.
Finally, they debated on the Commission communication on "Energy Technologies and Innovation". The debate contributed to the ongoing reflection on priorities for research, development and innovation in energy until 2020 and beyond as well as on the means to support the implementation of these priorities.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the press conference
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Pat Rabbitte, Irish Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: The internal energy market obviously preoccupied a great deal of the discussions that went on at all levels (during the Irish presidency of the EU), including at today's council meeting. And I was particularly pleased that we were able at today's Council meeting to adopt conclusions that are very substantive in content and far-reaching in their implications. There was a very high measure of support from Member States on that matter.
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Pat Rabbitte: The entire significance of research and development (R&D) and innovation in this area (energy) cannot be oversized. The capacity of modern-day smart technologies to change behaviours and patterns enable not just ordinary consumers but businesses and domestic consumers to control their consumption of energy is very significant. I was particularly interested in the Commissioner's contribution on energy efficiency. Because in my own conviction there is more than we can do in the area of energy to drive that agenda.
||SOUNDBITE (German) by Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, on the completion of the single energy market: over the coming two years, we very much want to complete that single market for electricity and gas. We have got a clear agreement on that from the European Council. We have talked about the next final steps: the single market package, expansion and development of infrastructure, integration through pipelines and interconnectors. We talked about investment, consumer policy and how to have more partnerships, have smart metering and deregulated prices. We also looked at market appropriate prices, not just regulation and policy over-sight but also how you get affordable prices for the consumer. I was pleased to see that this Council has been sensitive to the issue of how we deal with prices, and that our consumers and industry are not at disadvantage vis-à-vis other parts in the world. Completing the single market is an important part of the answer.
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