Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier to chair informal video conference of EU energy ministers.

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Today, Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier will chair the informal video conference of energy ministers within the framework of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU. EU Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson will also take part in the event. The assessment of National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) by EU member states, released on 17 September 2020, and the Commission’s impact assessment underlying its plans for raising the EU’s 2030 climate target will provide the basis for the ministers’ discussion on joint actions to be taken with a view to attaining the EU’s energy targets for 2030.

In the words of Economic Affairs Minister Altmaier: “The Green Deal of the European Commission offers a unique opportunity to promote and to reconcile both climate action and economic development. The energy sector, which is instrumental in achieving both the energy and climate targets for 2030 and the long-term target for 2050, has a pivotal role to play in this endeavour. The assessment of National Energy and Climate Plans by the European Commission shows that we need to keep increasing our joint efforts – both with regard to energy efficiency and in terms of expanding renewable energy. We will therefore discuss today which European policy instruments we should strengthen or make better use of. It is also important to ensure a reliable supply of energy and to keep fostering the competitiveness of European business.”