Stronger, interconnected European energy grids are a prerequisite for the European Energy Union. Only if Europe’s energy networks are well developed and integrated can the continent’s energy systems achieve their purpose: to provide the people of Europe with affordable, secure, sustainable energy in a competitive way.
On 22 March 2018, President Juncker and the leaders of Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Poland, gave the Baltics synchronisation project a renewed impetus at a special meeting in the margins of the European Council.
The updated legislation, voted through with 546 for, 35 against and 96 abstentions, requires member states to develop national long-term strategies to support cost-saving renovation of public and private buildings, with a view to reducing emissions in the EU by 80-85% compared to 1990 levels.
An informal meeting of EU energy ministers will take place in Sofia on 19 April 2018. The motto of the meeting, which will be chaired by Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova, is “Sustainable Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy”. This is the first informal meeting of the energy ministers within the framework of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.