European Commission Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič dropped by Bratislava on March 20, the capital of his home country Slovakia, for a two-day visit as part of his 2017 Energy Union to discuss the progress the country has made the transition to a low-carbon economy. He has already visited the Netherlands and Spain.
On March 20, Šefčovič was expected to meet with Economy Minister Peter Žigom and Environment Minister László Solymosom to discuss Slovakia’s implementation of the 2030 energy and climate framework, the Energy Union governance (including the preparation of the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plans) and the Clean Energy for All Europeans package.
“My ‘tour’ goes beyond energy as a transition to a low-carbon economy is affecting all sectors of the industry,” Šefčovič wrote in his facebook page, adding that Slovakia’s Deputy Prime Minister for Investment and Computerization Peter Pellegriniho invited him to participate participates in the High Level Group on connected and autonomously driving cars, which brings together policy stakeholders, automotive and telecommunication industry representatives and academics around the topic of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS).
On March 21, at the economic HNClub discussion forum, together with Slovakia’s Pellegrini and Mayor of Bratislava Ivo Nesrovnal, in the presence of Members of the Slovak Parliament, Šefčovič will participate in a Citizen’s dialogue to discuss several topics in relation to Energy Union and Slovakia, including the opportunities offered by the Investment Plan, Smart Cities and the importance of innovation to energy and transport sectors.
“The future belongs to those who innovate. Slovakia as an EU Member State with an important car industry plays an important role in fostering new mobility patterns and in promoting low-emission and zero-emission vehicles”, said Šefčovič ahead of the visit to Slovakia.