Anton Anton, Minister of Energy, took over symbolically the Presidency of the Energy Council from his Austrian counterpart, on December 19, 2018.
The priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the field of energy will be manifold. From a legislative perspective, the Romanian Presidency will pay special attention to the confirmation of the political agreements for the dossiers related to the electricity market reform.
The Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will make constructive efforts to advance negotiations on the Natural Gas Directive, with a view to set in place a coherent and transparent legislative framework for the European natural gas market, which should reflect the political will of the co-legislators. Also, the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will continue work on recent legislative proposals, more specifically the Regulation on the labelling of tyres, and the Decision on energy efficiency adaptation in the Brexit context. Also, special attention will be given to interinstitutional negotiations on the Regulation on the Connecting Europe Facility. This dossier will be managed in close cooperation with the Transport and Telecommunications sectors.
As a key horizontal priority, the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will promote in-depth sectoral debates on the long-term EU Strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in as many configurations of the Council of the European Union as possible. Also, in non-legislative terms, the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will submit for approval a set of Council Conclusions for the ministers’ meeting in June 2019, on the topic of the future energy system which should ensure energy transition and the achievement of the objectives on energy and climate change.
“It is crucial that European citizens, first and foremost, together with the political actors and with private stakeholders should be an active part in the debate and in the identification of actions to create a competitive low-carbon economy. The Romanian Presidency will take forward European efforts to continue the implementation of the Energy Union and proposes reflection on a future European energy system which should best respond to a realistic transition towards a low-carbon economy. In this context, maintaining technological neutrality is a crucial principle in promoting low-carbon technologies, for which we encourage funding of research and implementation. Energy and carbon storage solutions, as well as the use of energy efficiency solutions are possible ways further towards decarbonisation. Therefore, it is of the essence to stimulate technological diversity, through research and innovation, to tackle climate change efficiently” stated Anton Anton