Commissioner is travelling to Norway to deepen energy ties
Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for climate action and energy, is travelling to Norway to deepen energy and climate ties between the EU and its northern neighbour. After having addressed the Norwegian Parliament's Committee on Energy and Environment and having met his Norwegian counterparts – Vidar Helgesen, Norwegian Minister of EEA and EU Affairs, Kristine Sundtoft, Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment, and Tord Lien, Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy with whom he held the EC-Norway Energy dialogue meeting – Commissioner Arias Cañete will visit today a gas field and offshore facility as well as a hydro power plant.
“Norway is a key supplier of secure energy to the EU, helping to shore up our energy security. Under our plans for Energy Union, we are working towards diversifying our energy suppliers and Norway plays an important role in achieving this goal. I am committed to further developing our energy partnership with Norway”, Arias Cañete said at a meeting with his Norwegian counterparts.
In 2014, Norway supplied more than 30% of EU gas imports and more than 10% of crude oil imports. In the fourth quarter 2014, Norway overtook Russia as the largest Western Europe gas supplier. As a member of EEA, Norway is fully integrated into the EU's internal energy policies. The European Commission and Norway first launched an energy dialogue in 2002. Since 2013 a yearly EU-Norway energy conference takes place in Brussels to discuss energy cooperation with key energy stakeholders.