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Environment minister Maniatis presents EU presidency energy sector agenda
The priorities of the Greek Presidency of the European Union in the energy sector were on Thursday presented by Environment, Energy and Climate Change Minister Yiannis Maniatis and Deputy Minister Asimakis Papageorgiou, during a briefing event in Athens. High on the ministry's agenda is the issue of energy prices and their impact on the competitiveness of European industry and consumers, especially the more vulnerable strata. The specific issue will be discussed during the Energy Councils in March and June. In addition, emphasis will be given to energy conservation, improving energy efficiency and tackling fuel poverty.
The energy agenda also includes the following priorities:
- Integration of the internal market by the end of 2014. The Greek Presidency will work towards the creation and strengthening of infrastructure for projects classified as “projects of common interest “(PCIs), bridging the gaps in the interconnections between member statesand strengthening consumers’ role and rights.
- Energy security and energy infrastructure issues to be discussed at May’s informal meeting in Athens will include developments on diversifying EU sources and routes, aimed at reducing dependence on imports. The informal meeting will also seek new ways to finance PCIs, such as special loans, project bonds, etc.
- International relations in the energy sector and especially international collaborations, such as the Energy Community for South-East Europe and the Mediterranean Partnership, bilateral relations with Russia and the United States and relations with international organizations such as OPEC, IRENA, etc.
Referring specifically to nuclear energy, Maniatis noted that Greece is a non-nuclear country and nuclear energy is not an option in its national planning. However, he stressed that since a nuclear accident can have an impact across borders, Greece recognises the importance of nuclear safety and in this context sets as a priority the adoption of an amendment for the Directive on Nuclear Safety, which is already being discussed in the relevant working group.