At an EU Energy Council on 5 March in Brussels, energy ministers from across Europe held discussions on the Commission's plans for Energy Union published on 25 February. The Commission strategy received broad support from the energy ministers who all agreed that it is now time to act to make the Energy Union happen. This debate contributes to the Energy Union discussions at the European Council scheduled for 19-20 March where the Commission expect to receive strong political endorsement from the Heads of States and Governments.
Ministers also debated energy infrastructure – in particular the Commission's target to see 10% electricity interconnection by 2020. They discussed ways to efficiently put in place an interconnected cross-border energy market, the potential for regional cooperation and ways to improve investment in energy infrastructure. Ministers recognised the importance of a fully integrated and functioning internal gas and electricity market for competiveness, growth and jobs.
The deal between Russia and Ukraine struck in the autumn last year was also on the Council agenda.