Energy policy during the German EU Presidency

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In this article for think-tank Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), German Economics and TechnologyMinister Michael Glos highlights the key elements of the German EU Presidency’s energy policy.

Michael Glos outlines the major topics that will dominate the agenda for energy policy during the German EU Presidency. These are: 

  • Climate change;
  • a European internal market for gas and electricity;
  • external energy relations;
  • energy efficiency, and;
  • renewables. 

Glos emphasises that climate-change policies only have a chance of succeeding if they are supported and implemented by several states. He also questions the German decision to phase-out nuclear power and points to the fact that nuclear energy is a “low-carbon” energy source. To establish an internal market for gas and electricity, Glos emphasises that it is vital to avoid the abuse of market power, achieve a diversified supply, increase energy efficiency to reduce the dependency on supply countries and increase the share of renewables. 

Concerning the external energy relations of the EU, Glos argues that if the conditions for investments worldwide were improved, this would help to secure future energy supplies for Europe. Glos emphasises the need for an agreement on energy relations with both Russia and the Southeast European Energy Community.

Regarding the issue of energy efficiency, Glos argues that it is the objective of the German Presidency to establish an international energy efficiency agreement. 
In addition, a road map for renewables aims at establishing binding targets for the share of renewables in the EU energy mix.

As a last point, Glos stresses the importance of energy research as a key element within energy policy, to push Europe forward in economical and ecological terms.

Click here to read the full article (in German).

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