Launch event of the European Partnership for Smart Cities & Communities, Brussels, 26 November 2013

At today's launch event "Leading the Way in Making Europe’s Cities Smarter" of the European Partnership for Smart Cities and Communities, public and business leaders and civil society gathered to exchange views on the actions outlined in the Partnership's Strategic Implementation Plan. The Partnership was launched in 2012 in order to transform urban areas in the EU. It aims to accelerate the entry into the market of innovative and integrated energy and transport technologies and services, and the utilization of ICT for urban applications.

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Annual EU-Norway Energy Dialogue, 22 November, Oslo

At this occasion I exchanged views about the Norwegian energy policy and EU energy priorities with the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Mr Tord Lien, and Minister of EEA and EU Affairs, Mr Vidar Helgesen. We agreed on the need for a common approach on a number of key energy policy issues, such as the completion of the internal market, the development of infrastructure, and the transition towards a low carbon economy. Norway's flexible approach on gas prices gives it a competitive advantage and Norway will be a long term key gas supplier for the EU. With its vast hydropower capacity Norway can also become an important partner in renewable energy, provided the necessary electricity interconnections are built. I also insisted that Norway makes a priority of implementing the Third Energy Package and makes work of the ownership unbundling in both the electricity and gas markets.


6th EU-China Energy Dialogue, 21 November, Beijing

During the 16th EU-China Summit, EU energy ministers and Chinese ministers gathered on 20 November in Beijing for the 6th Energy Dialogue. In this first dialogue with the new Chinese leadership, we exchanged views on how to best meet new energy policy challenges, in particular the need to ensure security of supply, the importance of a market-based response, and the strategic reform in our energy systems that is needed to integrate a growing share of renewables. At the Smart City Forum, the Urbanisation Forum and during bilateral meetings, we discussed innovative solutions to tackle the challenges posed by urbanisation, and our cooperation on low-energy buildings. Finally, I attended an EU-China business summit, where we discussed opportunities for ensuring a healthy growth in bilateral trade and investment, in particular, in the energy sector.

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6th Stakeholder General Assembly of Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, Brussels, 13 November 2013 English (en) English (en) français (fr)

At this meeting, I underlined the role of fuel cells and hydrogen in the context of global energy challenges. These innovative technologies can contribute significantly to the Europe 20-20-20 targets, on condition that key technical achievements are met and there is commitment from all private stakeholders. The overall purpose of this meeting was to enable interaction with the wider fuel cell and hydrogen community by providing information about the activities of the FCH JU and giving the stakeholders an opportunity to comment. We also took the opportunity to take stock of the achievements of the FCH JU under FP7 and present plans for its continuation under H2020.

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Citizens' Debate on the future of Europe (Vienna, 11 November 2013)

Tonight I will engage in a citizens' debate on the future of Europe.


You can follow the debate at 20h30 via webstreaming


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Kommission präsentiert Leitlinien für staatliche Eingriffe in den Strommarkt

Heute hat die Europäische Kommission eine Mitteilung verabschiedet, die Leitlinien für die Mitgliedstaaten beinhaltet, wie bestehende nationale Fördersysteme für erneuerbare Energien am besten angepasst werden können. Außerdem beinhaltet die Mitteilung Leitlinien für die Bedingungen, unter denen die Einführung von Reservekapazitätsmechanismen gerechtfertigt sein könnte, sowie die Grundsätze, denen solche Mechanismen entsprechen sollten. Kapazitätsmechanismen könnten dazu beitragen, eine angemessene Stromerzeugung aus erneuerbaren Energien zu gewährleisten, sofern sie die Errungenschaften des Energiebinnenmarkts vollständig respektieren.