State Secretary Rainer Baake and Ms Brune Poirson, State Secretary at the French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition

State Secretary Rainer Baake and Ms Brune Poirson, State Secretary at the French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition

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State Secretary Rainer Baake met with Ms Brune Poirson, State Secretary at the French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, for talks in Berlin today.

During their meeting, the two State Secretaries underlined the special responsibility of Germany and France for the European energy transition and for climate change mitigation.

State Secretary Baake said: "The further implementation of the Energy Union is an important issue for our two countries. Clear European rules are essential to advance the energy transition in our two countries and throughout Europe. Therefore, we agreed today to closely work together in a trusting way in the ongoing negotiations of the European package 'Clean Energy for All Europeans'."

State Secretary Poirson added: "We are convinced that reliable European rules containing ambitious targets for renewable energies and energy efficiency are key to a successful energy transition in our two countries and throughout Europe."

Underlining the significance of market integration and regional cooperation for Germany and France, the two countries reaffirmed their commitment to the cross-border smart grid project 'Smart Border Initiative', which is to serve as a showcase for the practical implementation of the energy transition. Furthermore, the two State Secretaries agreed to work on the requirements for the implementation of a test project for cross-border auctions in the field of renewables and to jointly search for ways to strengthen carbon pricing in the field of power generation.