The Political Group of the Committee of the Regions to discuss the role of the Regional Authorities in the EU Energy Policy

17 October 2013, Last updated at, 13:25 EEST
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What is the role of the local and regional authorities in the European energy policy and how could the local and regional institutions contribute to the lowering of European energy dependence and market segmentation? On 18th October these questions will be at the centre of the meeting of the European People's Party in the Committee of the Regions which takes place in Kaunas.

The right-wing political group will discuss the current position of the EU in the field of energy security and supply, and what interconnections the Community has with the suppliers of energy resources of the third parties. Accessible and affordable energy supply, use of local resources, the EU Energy Action Plan for 2011-2020 and its subsequent infrastructural priorities are the issues up for debate and will form the key issues that are to be presented by the meeting speakers. Moreover, the event will introduce regional initiatives and the plan of the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan to ensure energy infrastructure in the Baltic Region.
The topics of this meeting, involving one of the largest political groups of the Committee of the Regions, corresponds to the main objectives of the Lithuanian Presidency – to create a internal energy market by 2014 and to strengthen the external dimension of the EU energy policy.

On the invitation of Kaunas mayor Andrius Kupčinskas, a quarter of the members of the political group will participate in the seminar entitled European Energy Security – Towards a Future with Secure and Affordable Energy for All under the leadership of the head of the group Michael Schneider. After the seminar the participants will sign the Joint Declaration on the European Energy Security.

The Committee of the Regions provides opinions on how EU legal acts could possibly influence the regions. Representatives of the local and regional authorities of the countries of the Community in this Committee are divided into four political parties representing the European political parties. Traditionally members of the political groups of the Committee of the Regions organise meetings in the country holding the Presidency of the EU Council.

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