Without citizens we cannot make the Energy Union a reality.
- Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič -
The challenges of an Energy Union discussed with citizens in Luxembourg
The Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Energy Union met citizens, businesses and members of national and European Parliament in a lively Dialogue in Luxembourg on Monday 8 June.
The Vice-President engaged, together with Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider, in a direct exchange with citizens present at the venue and with citizens intervening via Twitter. The Dialogue mainly revolved around the various challenges linked with energy. Several topical issues were discussed, ranging from energy sustainability to energy diversification, nuclear power plants and far-reaching cooperation agreements on energy among Member States.
The debate, held together with the Deputy Prime Minister, was a showcase of the strong partnership approach between the European Commission and the incoming Presidency of the EU Council, which will be led by the Luxembourg Government. Deputy Prime Minister Schneider replied on a question of a participant that Luxembourg would put a specific focus on energy partnerships with countries outside of the Union.
More specifically, the lively and critical debate focused on the risks of nuclear power plants around Luxembourg, but also on the chances that renewable energy can provide in terms of job creation.
Citizens – in particular many of the followers in social media – asked for a role of citizens in shaping the Energy Union.
VP Šefčovič enjoyed exchanging arguments in the open format of a Citizens’ Dialogue and announced that he would like to continue engaging with citizens during the period until the major elements of the Energy Union are adopted and the implementation has started.