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The energy ministers of the EU Member States will meet today in Luxembourg to discuss current developments in external energy policy.

Federal Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier said: “Restructuring our energy supply poses a major challenge for all of us, but at the same time, it offers great opportunities for German and European companies and their employees. We must make progress here not only nationally, but also at European and global level. We are therefore meeting today at the Energy Council to discuss the future of the Energy Union's energy systems. It is crucial that we work closely with other regions and international partners and that we all pull together within the EU."

The Energy Council also provides advice on the future of the Energy Union's energy systems, focussing in particular on energy networks, the promotion of innovative technologies and sector coupling. In addition, the European Commission will present its recommendations on the draft integrated national energy and climate plans of the 28 EU Member States.

On the margins of the Energy Council, there will also be a meeting between ministers of the Member States of the Pentalateral Energy Forum, which also include Germany. Current and future cooperation in this Forum is to be strengthened based on the adoption of common chapter in the national energy and climate plans of each of these Member States.