Press Release: Vice-President Šefčovič in Germany for second Energy Union Tour

Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič will be in Germany on 16-17 April for the second Energy Union Tour. He will meet Federal Economy Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU), Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas (SPD), and Cem Özdemir (Green Party), Chair of the Transport Committee of the Bundestag. Their discussions will focus on Germany’s progress towards Energy Union targets, the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ legislative package and the post-2020 national energy and climate strategy, and the possibility of using EU funding to invest in projects that will contribute to the clean energy transition. Vice-President Šefčovič will participate in an energy dialogue in the Bundestag, the German Parliament, and hold exchanges with members of its Committee for Economic Affairs and Energy. He will then give a keynote speech at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, as well as participate in the Global Summit on Blockchain Technology in the Energy Sector. Ahead of his visit, Vice-President Šefčovič said: “I am impressed that Germany is already close to achieving its 2020 renewables target. However, it will need to do more to meet its emissions reduction objective. As for energy efficiency, good efforts are underway, and the EU is investing €1.3 billion in energy efficiency improvements in the country. Furthermore, German energy infrastructure projects have already benefited from the European Fund for Strategic Investments, but there is potential for more, and I also encourage project promoters to make full use of the EU’s European Investment Advisory Hub and European Investment Project Portal.” (For more information: Anca Paduraru – Tel.: +32 229 91269; Nicole Bockstaller – Tel.: +32 229 52589)

Source: European Commission

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