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Klemen Grebenšek at the European Union Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Energy)

Brussels, 9 December 2014 – State Secretary Klemen Grebenšek attended the TTE meeting in Brussels, where energy issues were addressed.

At the forefront of the meeting was the debate on how to set up a system for better coordination of national energy decisions in the future, and on the progress made by the Member States in attaining the energy objectives in the Europe 2020 strategy.  The EU ministers also confirmed the conclusions reached by the EU Council on the internal energy market.
 
In the debate on how to achieve better coordination of national energy decisions, Slovenia adhered to the conclusions of the October European Council in supporting the coordination of national energy decisions at the regional level, taking into account the fundamental principle of national sovereignty in deciding on one’s own energy combination. It is particularly important for Slovenia that the principle of integration and rationalisation of national plans and reports is taken into consideration when drafting new legislative initiatives for the attainment of objectives by 2030, therefore we want the Commission to draw up a proposal on how to achieve this aim.
 
The EU Energy Council also adopted conclusions focusing on the missing elements to complete the integration of energy markets. The conclusions specifically highlight the importance of putting in place the missing infrastructure, market merging at the regional level, further development of the gas market, the role of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) in monitoring wholesale markets, and the removal of all barriers for a more open market model. Slovenia notes that a number of improvements could be made in the process of establishing the EU internal energy market, therefore we support the further measures identified in the EU Council conclusions. 
 
In the context of the debate on attaining the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy, the main issue concerned which sector in the climate and energy area should be given more attention. Slovenia argued that more attention in the coming years should be paid to research and innovation. Technological breakthrough is an area where the added value of European coordination may be highest, so it is very important to keep abreast of the development of activities. According to Slovenia, the Commission should regularly, i.e. annually, report on progress in strategic low-carbon energy technologies.