Extracts from the press conference by Günther Oettinger, on the internal electricity market
Type: Complete press conference
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 5 November 2013, Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, gave a press conference where he presented a Communication on guidance for state intervention in electricity.
The EU internal energy market is essential both to ensure secure energy at affordable prices and to fight climate change. In some very specific cases public intervention might be necessary to attain public policy objectives - but needs be balanced, taking into account the costs and the distortions it can create in the market. The European Commission presented a Communication which gives guidance to Member States on how to make the most of public interventions, how to reform existing ones - especially renewable energy subsidy schemes - and how to effectively design new ones. This concerns back-up capacities for renewable energy, mostly fossil fuel energy which is produced when there is no sun or wind.
This video shows extracts of the press conference.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels
||Arrival of Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, at the press conference
||Soundbite by Günther Oettinger (in GERMAN) saying that now in a pretty functioning internal energy market, aid has no place. They want aid to be the exception. So aid must come to an end. And if possible, it should be formulated in a decreasing way. They want to have an internal market where supply and demand occur with free play of actors.
||Cutaway of the audience
||Soundbite by Günther Oettinger (in GERMAN) saying that there is one very important point here, it is the promotion of renewable energy. At the moment, they are working on a communication which the Commission is going to adopt in January. Asking how they can Europeanize energy policy and climate change policy beyond 2020. So what should be their objective in reducing CO2 emissions by 2030, do they want to have another renewable objective? Saying that he thinks that renewable energy objective for 2030 should be proposed by the Commission. That means they need greater acceptance if the costs are transparent because they want the price of electricity to remain affordable, a subsidiary in line with national budget. That is why they come up with this proposal to optimize support for renewable energies.
||Cutaway of the audience
||Soundbite by Günther Oettinger (in GERMAN) saying that therefore with this communication, they are providing a template for all future decisions and legal acts of the EU Commission. So that Member States now where they stand when they notify the Commission or national laws on legal assessments.
||Departure of Günther Oettinger