The European Commission plans to help all EU Member States in their transition to a low-carbon economy, Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said at a meeting with Czech Republic Industry Minister Tomas Huner on May 31.

“’No region left behind!’ Is the idea behind the EU Commission’s Platform for carbon-intensive regions in transition,” Šefčovič tweeted during his discussions with Huner in the Czech Republic.

As part of his second Energy Union Tour, Šefčovič travelled to the Czech Republic on May 31 and June 1. He also met embattled Prime Minister Andrej Babiš to discuss several topical issues, including the EU budget after 2020.

Šefčovič focused on encouraging the Czech Republic to continue its efforts to sustain and further deploy renewable energy in electricity, heating, cooling, and transport, as well as lower greenhouse gas emissions. The preparation of the National Climate and Energy Plan was also discussed.

“I am impressed that the Czech Republic has already reached its 2020 targets on renewable energy and is well on track to meet its greenhouse gas emissions target,” Šefčovič said ahead of his visit. “But there is still incredible potential to evolve in the field of energy intensity. EU investments in energy efficiency improvements in Czech buildings aim at keeping a low average in energy intensity within the EU. Under the Horizon 2020 energy programme, Czech participants have received funds for several projects, including one aimed at creating more flexible local energy systems.”