Meeting in Riga, Latvia this Friday, EU Energy Ministers and representatives from EU institutions will start to flesh out the plans for a European Energy Union – one of Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s top political priorities.
The meeting on 6 February will assemble the EU’s top energy policy-makers – including Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič and Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete - international organisations, academics, experts and others. They will debate Energy Union and its key components: security of supply, the internal energy market, reducing energy demand, lowering greenhouse gas emissions and research and innovation.
Yesterday, the European Commission formally launched work on creating Energy Union with an orientation debate to discuss the aims of Energy Union. Hot topics included diversifying energy sources currently available in EU countries, helping EU countries become less dependent on energy imports and making the EU the world number one in renewable energy and leading the fight against global warming.
The European Commission is expected to formally launch Energy Union proposals on 25 February.