Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (1/3):
Extracts from the arrivals
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council / Justus Lipsius
End production: 12/12/2013 First transmission: 12/12/2013
The Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council is to be called on to reached a political agreement on the draft directive on indirect land-use change amending the fuel quality and renewable energy directives. The aim of the proposed directive is to minimise the impact of indirect land-use change on greenhouse gas emissions and to promote a transition to biofuels that deliver substantial greenhouse gas savings.
The Council is due to endorse a Council report on the progress on the completion of the internal energy market as a follow-up to the European Council of 22 May 2013. Furthermore, the Commission updates ministers on progress towards the 2014 target for the completion of the internal energy market. The May European Council in its conclusions reaffirmed the objectives of completing the internal energy market by 2014 and developing interconnections so as to put an end to any isolation of member states from European gas and electricity networks by 2015.
The Council is expected to endorse a Council report on the review of developments on the external dimension of the EU energy policy, as part of the follow-up to the European Council of 22 May 2013. In addition, the Commission explains recent developments in the field of external energy relations. The May European Council instructed the Council to “follow up on its conclusions of November 2011 and review developments regarding EU external energy policy” before the end of 2013.
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||Pavel Solc, Czech State secretary at the Ministry of Economy
||Stefan Kapferer, German State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology
||SOUNDBITE by Jaroslav Neverovič, Lithuanian Minister for Energy and President in office of the Council (In ENGLISH) saying that: This is a quite sensible compromise between different positions of member states, some of which are quite ambitious and some not so much. We have done a lot of work to bridge those differences and I believe we have a good proposal on the table.
||Melchior Wathelet, Belgian State Secretary for the Budget, Migration and Asylum Policy, Family Policy and Federal Cultural Institutions
||SOUNDBITE by Edward Davey, UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (In ENGLISH) saying that: The UK has been leading the debate to say that we should have what we call ILUC factors in to measure biofuels and we wanted a low cap, we wanted support for the advanced biofuels and we will see whether some of our arguments will be persuasive on others, we do take this issue very seriously, we want to make sure that we only are supporting the clean biofuels but there is a big debate going on between member states.
||Constantin Nita, Romanian Minister delegate for Energy