Energy and transport ministers from the European Union Member States held a joint session chaired by Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič during their informal meeting in Tallinn where they discussed the implementation of clean energy and climate goals.
“We had a very intensive debate on the governance,” Šefčovič told a press conference on September 20 in Tallinn, standing next to EU Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete. “What kind of tools we have for all the proposals we put on the table, that climate goals for 2030 will really be implemented, that we will not have free riders in Europe and that all the countries would do the honest effort to achieve our results,” Šefčovič added.
He stressed that a big part of that exercise should focus on the development of national energy and climate plans. “This is something like national energy and climate strategies. How member states want to achieve the targets, want to transform their economies, what kind of steps they are ready to do. And I think that from the ministers we clearly heard that they realise how important it is but they are still a bit diverging views how ambitious they could be, what would be the best timeline,” Šefčovič said.
He praised Estonia and “quite a few other member states” for progressing the development of their strategy. “I think it would be a good signal to others and more importantly it would be a strong signal to investors to come to invest to those countries who know exactly how they want to transform their economy, how they want to develop their energy market,” he said.
Regarding the future of Energy Union agenda, Šefčovič said he hopes, “by the end of the year, the Estonian Presidency will achieve a so-called general approach, meaning approval by the member states our proposal which will allow us to start the negotiations with the European Parliament and really start the new decade under the new management and with a new legislative framework for this energy and climate transformation of European economy”.
For the second Energy Union Tour, Šefčovič met Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, Environment Minister Siim Kiisler, as well as Parliament Speaker Eiki Nestor, discussing the work of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU related to the Energy Union, including the progress on a number of legislative proposals, such as those under the Commission’s Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package.
Šefčovič also attended a high-level conference on Europe´s Future Electricity Market, with the focus on the governance of the Energy Union.
He also held an interactive discussion with students of the Tallinn University of Technology.