Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (3/3):
Extracts from the press conference by the Lithuanian Presidency and the European Commission
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council / Justus Lipsius
End production: 12/12/2013 First transmission: 12/12/2013
The Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council has been 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 has been 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 has updated 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 has been 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 has explained 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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||SOUNDBITE by Jaroslav Neverovič, Lithuanian Minister for Energy and President in office of the Council (In ENGLISH) saying that: The Council has endorsed 2 important reports which happen for the first time that we endorsed a report on the subject which is very important: Internal energy market and how we progress in achieving our goals in this respect. It contains very important statements as far what has been achieved and what is still ahead of us, specifically referring to legal requirements, implementation of legal acts which we have adopted in the EU and which will bring us closer to common market. We have question of infrastructure and integrating of member states which we find very important and this should proceed according to a timetable; and also it addresses questions relating to renewable energy state aid capacity mechanism.
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||SOUNDBITE by Jaroslav Neverovič (In ENGLISH) saying that: The other report is referring to external dimension of EU energy policy, it is also very important as we see growing not only theoretical but practical side of this. We have a common understanding that we have to strengthen our common position between the member states so we speak with external partners with a single voice.
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||SOUNDBITE by Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy (In GERMAN) saying that: As far as ILUC is concerned we had intensive discussions today and it is important as I see it that the further path of the European Commission's proposal was acknowledged by a broad majority of member states. All member states say that something has to be done; there is a need to act; it is a well intentioned directive from 2009 and it's important to take it and look at what we see as the wrong developments on the market and reform the directive in the light of those.
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||SOUNDBITE by Günther Oettinger (In GERMAN) saying that: What is important is that no one is denying that there is a need for reform; there is a general acknowledgment within the council of the need to reform the directive which means I'm fairly optimistic that at the end of this process there will be an amendment to the directive to avoid the ILUC effect to provide incentive to move towards a second generation of production of renewable energy sources.
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