European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič discussed clean energy, interconnections and Portugal’s energy plans, including renewables, during his visit to Lisbon and Porto on July 17-18.

Šefčovič met with Portuguese colleagues, including Environment Minister João Pedro Matos Fernandes and Portugal’s Secretary of State for Energy Jorge Seguro Sanches, focusing on the Energy Union and the Commission’s Clean Energy for All Europeans package as well as Portugal’s preparation of its National Energy and Climate Plan, the Smart Finance For Smart Buildings Initiative and improving interconnections between the Iberian Peninsula and the rest of Europe.

Šefčovič also visited the smart grid and electric vehicles laboratory at INESCTEC, tweeting that it “brings companies academia public admin and society in developing global innovative solutions”.

“INESCTEC is an internationally-oriented multidisciplinary Laboratory with more than 30 years of experience in R&D,” he added.

He attended international conference on clean energy and energy interconnections, which featured the presence of Sanches, German State Secretary of Energy Rainer Baake, and a representative of the Moroccan government.

Šefčovič noted that “Energy Union does not stop at EU’s borders” and pledged “close cooperation with our African partners,” including a subsea cable.

The Commission Vice President has hailed Portugal’s usage of renewable energy, noting this is also helping it to decrease its dependency on energy imports from abroad. “Moreover, new interconnections between Portugal, Spain and France could even help Portugal to become an exporter of renewable electricity. I also look forward to discussing low emission mobility and innovation with my Portuguese colleagues,” Šefčovič said in a statement.