HELSINKI – In Finland, European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič plans to discuss on the Energy Union, the financial instruments it will make available to Finland to support development activities and energy innovation, and the country’s national energy and climate plan.
Šefčovič will be travelling to Finland for the second Energy Union Tour on October 12-13. Ongoing improvements to energy interconnection infrastructure in the Nordic and Baltic regions will also be on the agenda.
The Commission Vice-President is expected to meet Housing, Energy and the Environment Minister Kimmo Tiilikainen and members of the EU Committee of the Finnish Parliament. He is also join a roundtable discussion on the Energy Union with representatives of the Finnish energy industry and visit a biorefinery run by the company UPM in the town of Lappeenranta where he is also expected to take part in a Citizens’ Dialogue.
“I am pleased to see that Finland has already made excellent progress towards its energy efficiency and renewables targets for 2020 and is demonstrating its potential to be a leader in clean energy innovation,” Šefčovič said ahead of his visit.
“In addition, I look forward to discussing the Baltic Connector pipeline, which is scheduled to be operational by 2020 and is partly funded by the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility. It will end Finland’s gas isolation and lead to a more competitive wholesale and retail gas, in addition to enhancing the region’s security of supply,” he added.