Maros Sefcovic: Energy Union strategy on track (exclusive)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 26
By Aygun Badalova - Trend:
The European Commission's Energy Union strategy on a more efficient use of gas is on track, the EU Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic said in a telephone interview with Trend.
Sefcovic will pay official visit to Baku to participate in the second Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council Meeting on Feb. 29.
"We have presented two quite important legislative packages," he said. "First one was last year, which was very much related to the agenda of the anti-climate change, where we proposed to reform our emissions trading system."
"This year we adopted the security of the gas supply package, presented with a new directive to make sure that whatever the circumstances in the future, the supply of gas would be secure for all member states," Sefcovic said.
"We also presented new rules for intergovernmental agreements and commercial contracts, new LNG strategy, as well as new strategy on heating and cooling," he said. "This is where Europe consumes 50 percent of its energy, and here we would like to see more savings in the future," he added.
Sefcovic went on to add that Energy Union will present additional packages on improved energy efficiency, new electricity market design, de-carbonization of transport in Europe.
"We plan to deliver in all these commitments and we plan to do so, so that by the end of the second year we would be having on the table 90 percent of what we promised under the Energy Union strategy," he said.
"The project has a lot of support from the member states," Sefcovic said.