Informal meeting of Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Energy): Media Advisory


The informal meeting of EU energy ministers will take place on 19 April 2018 in the National Palace of Culture in Sofia. The motto of the meeting will be “Sustainable Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy”. Participants will discuss the progress achieved on the files of the Clean Energy package relating to energy efficiency, renewable energy, the governance of the Energy Union and the Regulation on the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators of the Member States (ACER), and provide guidance for continuing the negotiations. The meeting will be chaired by Temenuzhka Petkova, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Bulgaria.

Following the meeting of EU energy ministers, a high-level conference on “Clean energy for all Europeans – the way ahead” will take place in the National Palace of Culture. The conference will address instruments for transition to a low-carbon economy and regional energy cooperation in the Western Balkans.



19 April 2018 | Thursday

Informal meeting of energy ministers

Sustainable Energy Union with forward-looking climate change policy

8:30 – 9:00            Arrivals at the National Palace of Culture, doorsteps and handshake (broadcast live)

8:50 – 9:00            Roundtable (broadcast live)

9:00 – 9:15            Welcome speech and opening remarks (broadcast live)

9:15 – 10:30          Session I: spEEdy RESults for Europe’s decarbonisation

10:30 – 11:45       Session II: Integrative governance for a Sustainable Energy Union

11:45 – 12:45       Session III: Together for a strong and fair ACER

12:45 – 12:55       Summary of discussions

12:55 – 13:05       Family photo

13:10 – 13:40       Press conference (broadcast live)


High-level conference “Clean energy for all Europeans – the way ahead”

The Balkan Perspective for Europe’s Low-Carbon Future

(The conference will be broadcast on the screens in the press centre inside the National Palace of Culture)

14:00 – 14:20       Opening remarks

14:20 – 15:45       First Panel: Instruments for Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy

15:45 – 17:30       Second Panel: Regional Energy Cooperation – United We Stand Strong

17:30                   Closing of the conference


Accreditation information

Accredited journalists can pick up their badges on Monday, 16 April 2018 at the Registration Desk at Entrance B-2 of the National Palace of Culture between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.  Members of the press arriving in Sofia on the day of the event will be able to get their badges at the same entrance upon their arrival at the National Palace of Culture. Only accredited members of the press will have access to the National Palace of Culture. Please note that there are separate badges for the informal meeting of energy ministers and the high-level conference Clean energy for all Europeans. Please point out for which event you have registered when picking up your badge.


Photos and videos

All media opportunities marked in the agenda with “broadcast live” (doorstep statements, handshake, roundtable, press conference) will be streamed live on the Website of the Bulgarian Presidency. Throughout the day, photos and videos will be uploaded in the Photo and Video sections of the Website. All official photos from the event are also available for download in high resolution on the Flickr account of the Bulgarian Presidency. Videos can be downloaded from Vimeo.


Press contacts

In Sofia:               Veselin Jelev, [email protected], +359 883 990 247

In Brussels:          Elitsa Zlateva, [email protected], +32 476 996 634

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