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Today, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier will talk to EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson via video link about the impact and challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and the EU Commission’s priorities for the energy sector which plays a key role in implementing the European Green Deal.

This is what Minister Altmaier said prior to the meeting: “We are taking the current situation very seriously and are closely monitoring the development of the coronavirus situation and how it affects our people and companies. We are therefore in close contact with all relevant stakeholders, including the European Commission. To date, we have no indications that the current health crisis will have an impact on the security of energy supply.

Commenting on the European Commission’s forthcoming initiatives for the energy sector, Minister Altmaier said: “I welcome the fact that the European Commission has announced important initiatives for the energy sector in its work programme for 2020. I am particularly interested in improving the framework conditions for joint offshore wind projects between various Member States, in discussing framework conditions for a future EU internal market for hydrogen, and in seeking ways to make greater use of market-based instruments such as emissions trading to achieve our goals. I very much hope that we will be able to actively take forward these projects during Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2020 as planned, even if the focus is currently on overcoming the coronavirus crisis”.