today met with the EU Commissioner for Climate action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, to talk about climate change and the current status of the energy transition in Germany and the EU. In particular, he discussed the European Commission's long-term climate strategy for 2050 and its recommendations on the draft integrated national energy and climate plans of the 28 EU Member States.
Federal Minister Peter Altmaier said: “It is important that the EU agrees on an ambitious long-term climate strategy. This strategy must take into account how the transformation process can be implemented technically. At the same time, we must pay close attention to ensuring that the transformation of our energy systems takes place in a way that is socially balanced while maintaining the competitiveness of the European economy and industry. The recommendations of the European Commission on the draft integrated national energy and climate plans are a key element for implementing the Energy Union. This process strengthens cooperation between the European partners and leads to a new level of transparency. The German government will thoroughly examine the European Commission’s recommendations and take them into account in its ongoing energy and climate policy discussion and decision-making processes.”