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At its upcoming plenary session on 20-21 March, the European Economic and Social Committee will host a debate with Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy, on the occasion of the adoption of an opinion on public involvement in energy policy. Another highlight of the session will be a discussion with Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso, President of the Committee of the Regions, who will present his views on the role that EU regions should play in European economic governance.
Extraordinary meeting of the Workers' Group
National subsidies intended to support the market roll out of renewable energies have led to high costs and partly wrong price signals. In order to achieve the EU's 2050 climate objectives they should be replaced by EU-wide targeted measures tailored to each renewable technology, in conjunction with an EU CO2 reduction target after 2020 said the European Economic and Social Committee in its opinion adopted at the plenary session today.
Joint responses to energy challenges through a European Energy Community. Joint Declaration.
I am very pleased that ELISAN and the European Economic and Social Committee have decided to work together to host an event on energy poverty, as this is a very topical issue which is not only high on the list of citizens' concerns, but in some parts of Europe also an issue for energy retail companies.
Today's event is linked to the EESC's long-standing efforts to address people's specific energy challenges and develop an energy policy that is genuinely geared to citizens' needs.
Il n’y a pas une solution unique aux nombreux problèmes auxquels l’Union est confrontée en matière d’énergie. La future palette énergétique de l’UE devra prendre en considération la diversité des sources d’énergie ainsi que les défis spécifiques qui se présentent sur le terrain. La section TEN va continuer à évaluer et à traiter les aspects les plus urgents de la politique énergétique de l’UE.
Public meeting of the Sustainable Development Observatory. The road from Rio is as important as the road to Rio. Coming back from Rio the EESC wants to take Rio home and contribute to the implementation of Rio results and discussions, in particular in the European Union.
A lack of communication between the world of research and civil society on the benefits and drawbacks of low-carbon technologies is affecting the wider understanding and endorsement of these technologies by European citizens. This is one of the findings of this week's EUSEW (EU Sustainable Energy Week) event co-organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA). Up for discussion were geothermal energy, energy storage, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and nuclear research across the EU.
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The moment for this conference is very well chosen. Only some days ago negotiators from all over the world gathered again at United Nations headquarters in New York for so-called informal contacts trying to prepare agreements that enable the world community to shape the future we want.
Because we have to be aware that they are negotiating on our behalf and on behalf of our grand-children about the future we all want to have on our planet. Therefore they need to get our messages about what it is what we actually want and that we care and don't let them go home without a result!
With the ever more evident effects of the combined economic, financial, social and environmental crises, people are realizing that existing economic models and patterns do not work any more. That we not only have to talk sustainable development but that we have to act on our words.