On Friday, the members of the European Union Affairs Committee and Economic Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) met with Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič. The meeting focused on the issues connected with the establishment of the European Energy Union.
Šefčovič explained the objectives and activities of the energy and climate policy of the European Union and emphasised the importance of the cooperation of Member States in building up the Energy Union. It was noted at the meeting that if all member states simultaneously contributed to the development of infrastructure and legislation, it would give the investors a strong signal and confidence for making investments.
Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee Kalle Palling said that Estonia supports the creation of the European Energy Union. “Estonia is interested in the Balticconnector gas pipeline project, which was submitted by Elering and the Finnish Balticconnector OY in October, getting 75 percent co-financing from the European Union. It is also in Estonia’s interests to reduce energy dependence on Russia,” Palling said.
Member of the European Union Affairs Committee Juhan Parts emphasised the peculiarity of Estonia in its use of oil shale, and the growing importance of wind energy.
The meeting was also attended by the Deputy Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee Jaak Madison, member of the European Union Affairs Committee Andre Sepp and members of the Economic Affairs Committee Maris Lauri and Erki Savisaar.
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