PES Energy Ministers support creation of a progressive Energy Union
For the first time, the Energy Ministers of the Party of European Socialists (PES) met today in Brussels in preparation of the Energy Council meeting. In an exchange of views with Maroš Šefčovič (PES), Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Energy Union, the ministers widely welcomed the Commission’s energy package that was released last week.
Yonnec Polet, Deputy Secretary General of the Party of European Socialists said: "Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič did a very good job by taking a multi-dimensional approach to European energy policies. Synergies between different areas addressed by the Commissioner’s proposal will mutually reinforce the Energy Union’s objectives to deliver secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy to households and businesses."
Yonnec Polet continued: "The PES will work constructively with the Commission and our S&D Group in the European Parliament to create a progressive Energy Union. A progressive Energy Union that will enhance consumers’ participation in energy production and their control over energy consumption. It will tackle energy poverty and decarbonise our economy while at the same time creating decent jobs and new businesses. Hence, a progressive Energy Union is good for our citizens, for our climate and for our economy."
The ministers agreed that this first meeting of the PES Energy Ministers should be the starting point for further and closer cooperation of progressive ministers in the field of energy policies.
The meeting was attended by:
- Alex White, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Ireland
- Claudio De Vincenti, Vice-Minister for Economic Development, Italy
- Konrad Mizzi, Minister for Energy, Malta
- Pavol Pavlis, Minister for Economy, Slovakia
- Ibrahim Baylan, Minister for Economy, Sweden
- Maroš Šefčovič, Commission Vice-President for the Energy Union
- Theresa Griffin, Member of the European Parliament, S&D Group
- Yonnec Polet, PES Deputy Secretary General