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PES leaders and heads of state demand a ‘forward-looking Energy Union’

The European Council summit should focus on “a strong, progressive Energy Union that cares for our climate while securing our external energy supply”, says Party of European Socialists (PES) Sergei Stanishev, who hosted today the preparatory meeting at Palace d’Egmont in Brussels. The event, aimed to prepare the PES common strategy for the EU Council, counted with the participation of PES heads of state and leaders such as François Hollande and Maroš Šefčovič, among others.

The PES President stated: “The creation of the Energy Union must be based on strong environmental and security principles. In particular, we believe that renewable energies and energy efficiency have a central role to play in this new sustainable strategy. It is essential that we work closely with the European Commission to ensure that we invest in innovative renewable sources that not only secure our energy supply but also generate quality jobs and protect the climate. This is our opportunity to build a forward-looking Energy Union that truly serves the citizens”.

Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President of the European Commission in charge of Energy Union underlined that; “nobody should be worried about the next winter. Nowadays, 10% of our citizens cannot pay their energy bills: the Energy Union will give people better prices and, what is equally important, a choice. Its introduction is the guarantee of better energy security and better environment through clean and sustainable energy. We will make sure that no one is left behind”.

Sergei Stanishev also had words of solidarity for the victims of the recent attacks in Tunis: “Tunisia is a source of inspiration for both the Mediterranean region and for all of Europe. It is the success story of the Arab Spring, and I am certain that Tunisia’s democracy is stronger than these despicable attacks. Our full support and solidarity are with the Tunisian people and all the political forces that have being tirelessly working for the cause of democracy and peace in the country”.

The full participation list of the PES European Council preparatory meeting: François Hollande (PS, France), Helle Thorning-Schmidt (SD, Denmark), Werner Faymann (SPÖ, Austria), Zoran Milanović (SDP, Croatia), Bohuslav Sobotka (ČSSD , Czech Republic), Stefan Löfven (SAP, Sweden), Joseph Muscat (LP, Malta), Jean Asselborn (LSAP, Luxembourg), Bert Koenders (PvdA, Netherlands), Pedro Sánchez (PSOE, Spain), António Costa (PS, Portugal), Federica Mogherini (EU Commission), Frans Timmermans (EU Commission), Pierre Moscovici (EU Commission), Maroš Šefčovič (EU Commission), Martin Schulz (European Parliament), Gianni Pittella (S&D Group in the EP), Sergei Stanishev (PES).

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