Pylons and a wind turbine symbolising energy

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Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, is attending the informal meeting of energy ministers in Sofia on 18 and 19 April 2018. The focus is on the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package of EU legislation. In particular, the EU’s energy ministers are discussing energy efficiency, renewable energy, governance of the Energy Union and ACER, the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators.

 Federal Minister Altmaier said: “The ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ legislative package will shape the legal framework for the European energy sector until 2030 and beyond. It will put policies in place to attain the European goals for renewables, energy efficiency, climate change mitigation, and Germany’s energy transition. We want to join forces with the other EU Member States and make use of this package to strengthen Europe’s economy. Our ambitious targets for renewables and energy efficiency, as well as our robust legal framework, send out a clear signal to investors. We also want to strengthen the internal market so that we can maintain energy security at a very high level in Europe. In this way, we are delivering both a reliable basis on which investors can plan and competitive prices for consumers.”

 The legislative package consists of four directives and four regulations on the governance of the Energy Union, renewable energy, energy efficiency, the energy performance of buildings, the electricity market, risk-preparedness in the electricity sector, and the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER).

 The Bulgarian Presidency envisages that the negotiations on the Governance Regulation and the directives on renewable energy and energy efficiency will be adopted at this June’s Energy Council. The electricity market dossiers are then to be completed under the Austrian Presidency in the second half of 2019. Germany supports this timetable.

 Following the informal meeting of energy ministers, a conference on “Clean Energy for All Europeans – The Way Ahead - The Balkan Perspective for Europe’s Low-Carbon Future” will be held with high-level representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament, the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the energy community and ministers and representatives from Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.