The informal meeting of Energy Ministers in Dublin on 23 and 24 April 2013 allowed for targeted discussions on the way forward for European energy policy.
The meeting was preceded by a joint lunch debate with Environment Ministers and Commissioner Hedegaard on the 2030 climate and energy framework. All agreed that the launch of the Commission's Green Paper was timely, as creating such a framework is necessary to foster investment in the energy system, to reduce energy import dependency and to safeguard the competitiveness of the EU.
During the main sessions Energy Ministers expressed their views and positions around the following topics:
- the links between smart technology, innovation and energy policy focussing on better control of consumption through smart technologies;
- the effects of unconventional oil and gas on the diversification of European energy supplies, on competitiveness and on prices;
- the financing of energy efficiency measures;
- the integration of intermittent renewable energy sources.
This international forum under the patronage of EU Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger will discuss energy policy in Europe in the town of Lech, Vorarlberg Province, Austria.
The Forum, which will hold its second session this year, aims at leading the debate on the future of energy policy in Europe. A lively debate is expected following the adoption of the European Commission's Green Paper on 'A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies' on 27 March 2013.
A group of leading representatives from the world of business, from politics and civil society as well as delegates from neighbouring countries will discuss energy policy with special emphasis on four topics: What is the way forward for energy policy in Europe? How can we finance the transformation of our energy system? The EU – a regional or a global player in world energy markets? Can innovation save politics?
Expected participants include the Irish Chair of the Energy Council Pat Rabbitte, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn, the Lithuanian Energy Minister Jaroslav Neverovic, ministers from Ukraine and Morocco as well as the Austrian Minister for Economy, Reinhold Mitterlehner. Representatives of major European energy companies also participate, among them the CEOs of OMV, Verbund AG, RWE, EDF Energy and Tennet. Industry is represented, among others, by board members of Siemens, Daimler, Schaeffler, BASF and Alstom.