Third Version of the EU’s Clean Energy Package Getting Support from Energy Ministers

EU ministers to support its clean energy package
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European Union (EU) energy ministers have offered support to the third version of the region’s clean energy package, known as Clean Energy for all Europeans.

Agreeing that renewable energy is very important, the ministers want the program to help transform Europe’s energy supply into one that is cleaner and more sustainable. Basically, the objective of their strategy is to make EU a low-carbon economy 2030, focusing on energy efficiency, renewables, and the consumers.

According to Minister Konrad Mizzi of Malta, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the EU, they are focused on initiatives that will make a difference to people’s lives. He said:

“We are speeding up our work on the Gas Security of Supply legislation, which will ensure gas availability for all member states, as well as energy efficiency labeling legislation, which will enable consumers to make informed choices when buying a product.”

While the implementation of the clean energy package could face some challenges, such as the differences in capabilities at regional and national levels, the ministers are unanimous in supporting it.

Czech Republic Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Lenka Kováčovské, thinks that the package is too ambitious. Nevertheless, she is confident that they will find solutions that will make things happen.

For example, European Commissioner for Climate Action & Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, suggested a market-based approach to renewable energy resources, which means that consumer needs should be properly considered. Also, Belgian Minister for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, Christine Marie-Christine Marghem, pointed to the importance for consumers to have a properly functioning energy market with friendly prices.

The EU council announced that it will work with the European Commission to arrange talks designed to come up with an agreement to draft the EU legislation.