EUROPE: THE STRATEGY OF THE EU COMMISSION FOR ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT (2)

"This is about guaranteeing to Europe a safe, competitive and lasting energy in connection with climate change, the increase in the world demand for energy and the uncertainties of the future provisions". The president of the EU Commission Barroso outlined the geopolitical picture, which should be the setting for the search for a common strategy for the 27 member countries in this area. The measures that have been announced by the Executive include, as mentioned in the last few days, "the reduction by at least 20% per cent of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020". The commissioners spoke on several occasions of the political relations with the supplier countries, especially suppliers of oil and gas; the need to strengthen the infrastructure and energy networks; the rationalisation of consumption and support of the production of renewable energies. Stavros Dimas warned that "climate change is one of the most serious threats to our planet". As to nuclear energy, Barroso only said that "in the EU, it accounts for 31% of electricity production". But, he added, as to the decision to increase such source, the Commission intends to "just look at the facts", without "taking any stance", because such choice "is up to the States". However, Barroso added: "What matters is moving on towards an economy that is less dependent on coal". (to be continued)

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