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Outcome of gas talks between Vice-President Oettinger and Russian Energy Minister Novak

At today’s meeting in Moscow with Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak, Vice-President of the EU Commission Günther H. Oettinger reiterated his proposal to have an interim solution including an interim price.

Both agreed that a solution should contain the following four elements:

  • the interim price
  • the fulfilment of all supply and transit obligations
  • a repayment plan for the unpaid bills to be developed by the next few weeks
  • the use of OPAL pipeline

At the press conference following the bilateral meeting, Vice-President Oettinger said:

  • “We have to agree on an interim gas price for the next few months, while waiting for the Stockholm arbitration court to decide on the final price.  In addition:  Ukraine has to pay an account for the gas to be delivered in the months to come."
  • “Our main goal is to secure gas supply to the EU and its citizens, but also to the citizens in Russia, Ukraine, the Western Balkans, including accession countries and Moldova.”

Speaking about the worsening situation at the Eastern border of the Ukraine, Vice-President Oettinger expressed his concern:

  • "I came to Moscow to prepare the next trilateral gas talks as agreed in Minsk. At the same time, I have to express my concern. The news that Russian soldiers are operating inside Ukraine does not reflect the spirit of Minsk. Respecting the sovereignty of national borders is vital to preserve peace."

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European Commission releases Energy Efficiency Communication

The European Commission has released today the "Communication on Energy Efficiency and its contribution to energy security and the 2030 Framework for climate and energy policy". The Communication is a strategy that proposes mid and long-term objectives for the EU's energy efficiency policy and explains how these objectives can be achieved. It assesses progress towards the EU's 20% energy efficiency target for 2020 and proposes a new 30% target for 2030. This new target will drive Europe towards increased competitiveness, sustainability, and security of supply. More specifically, it will generate new jobs, provide opportunities for European businesses such as construction firms, and reduce our natural gas imports by 30%.

The EU is well positioned to reach its new target for 2030, being on track for the 2020 target. The Communication indicates that the EU will achieve the 2020 target provided that the existing legislation is fully and properly implemented by the Member States. Reaching the proposed 2030 target requires these policies to be strengthened over time. The Commission will continue to work closely with the Member States to undertake the necessary short-term and long-term actions.

The Energy Efficiency Communication is an important component of the 2030 Communication on energy and climate change, released in January 2014, which proposed new 2030 targets for greenhouse gas reductions and renewable energy – 40% and at least 27% respectively.


European Council of 26-27 June 2014, Brussels

EU leaders agreed to propose Jean Claude Juncker to the European Parliament for President of the European Commission and defined the strategic agenda of key priorities for the next five years. The European Council took also stock of progress made on the 2030 climate and energy policy framework and looked at a set of most urgent measures to strengthen Europe’s energy security.


European Council Conclusions


The last Energy Council of the Hellenic Presidency was held on 13 June in Luxembourg

The European Commission was represented by Günther H. Oettinger.

The Council reached a political agreement on the issue of possible Indirect Land Use Change related to the production of biofuels. This was followed by a comprehensive policy debate on other key energy policy fields at the top of the EU agenda, such as energy security, the completion of the internal energy market and the policy framework for 2030. The Energy Ministers also discussed energy prices and costs. Council conclusions on energy prices and costs, vulnerable consumers and competitiveness were adopted.

The Hellenic Presidency and the Commission then gave an update on recent developments in the EU's external energy relations. The Commission also briefed the Ministers about the latest developments in the nuclear field. At the end of the meeting the Italian delegation presented their programme for the next EU presidency, which is to start in July.

Energy security: Commission puts forward comprehensive strategy to strengthen security of supply

The European Commission reacts on the current geopolitical environment and the EU´s import dependence: It advocates a new European Energy Security Strategy. Diversifying external energy supplies, upgrading energy infrastructure, completing the EU internal energy market and saving energy are among its main points. The strategy also highlights the need to coordinate national energy policy decisions and the importance of speaking with one voice when negotiating with external partners. It builds on the progress already achieved since the gas crisis in 2009. The proposals of the Commission, including actions to ensure uninterrupted supplies this winter, will be discussed by EU Heads of State or Government at the European Council on 26-27 June.

Commissioner Günther Oettinger said: "We want strong and stable partnerships with important suppliers, but must avoid falling victim to political and commercial blackmail. The EU and its Member States have a long list of homework in front of them: Collectively, we need to reinforce our solidarity with more vulnerable Member States. We also need to complete the internal energy market, improve our infrastructure, become more energy efficient and better exploit our own energy resources. Moreover, we need to accelerate the diversification of external energy suppliers, especially for gas. Only concrete actions will help."


Press release [IP/14/606]  

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Paving the way for European energy security

Today European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, EU Energy Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk discussed on ways ahead for EU energy on the occasion of the conference "Paving the way for a European Energy Security Strategy".  President Barroso provided orientations on a "European Energy Security Strategy", which the European Commission intends to present ahead of the European Council of 26 and 27 of June. Commissioner Oettinger focused on how to strengthen Europe's security of supply and Polish Prime Minister Tusk presented his proposal for an Energy Union for Europe. In the morning, energy leaders discussed issues such as completing the internal energy market, saving energy, increasing domestic energy production as well as diversifying sources, routes and counterparties of energy imports.

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