CLEAN ENERGY FOR ALL EUROPEANS: REGULATION VS REALITY?
Revamping the Continent’s energy market is the ambitious goal set in the European Commission’s Clean Energy package. However, Member States are not moving at the same pace in their transition to clean energy and remain divided on the way forward. While some countries still very much rely on coal, others have invested massively in renewables. In addition, despite the European Commission’s efforts, energy solidarity between Member States has often been a key hurdle.
As the final negotiations on the clean energy package are about to kick off, how can the EU make the clean energy package a reality in a divided Europe? Do the promises of the Energy Union meet the reality? What are the political obstacles? How is it feasible to put the energy targets into action? Is it the responsibility of wealthy countries to help the smaller ones? Why are some countries less keen to help each other out? What will it take for coal-reliant countries to shift away from coal?
Adjacent to the Informal Meeting of Energy Ministers and as part of the Bulgarian Presidency calendar, POLITICO will bring together senior EU and national policymakers, business and civil society representatives in Sofia to discuss about clean energy package and the realistic way forward.
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