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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Šuica to EC Vice President: Croatia is also rich in sun and wind!

Today, during the session of the Committee on the Environment, Health and Food Safety, President of the Croatian EPP Delegation in the European Parliament Dubravka Šuica participated in an exchange of views with Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for the Energy Union.
˝We know that energy from the East is expensive, whether this is in a commercial or political sense, so it is obvious that the European Union must be ready to switch to other channels of supply and to use diversified sources. I am sorry that Croatia was not drwan in on the maps that you showed us, although you talked about 28 different systems, so it would be nice to include Croatia, which is unusually rich in energy from solar and wind power,˝ said MEP Šuica.
According to the Founding Treaty, Member States may call upon an article that allows each member to determine its own energy 'mix', and this is where a barrier to greater implementation of renewable energy sources exists, while there are also quotas in certain countries that limit the development of th 'green economy'.
˝You have mentioned regulatory stability as a prerequisite for the implementation of specific policies many times, so my question is how you intend to harmonize legislation and to achieve this regulatory stability, because if we want to be leaders in this area, we must take concrete steps to make our policies visible and tangible to our citizens,˝ MEP Šuica asked the Comission vice president.
In response, Commissioner Šefčovič referred to the 'smart cities', 'smart transportation' (intelligent cities and transportation) that are examples of implementation of specific policies with the cooperation and support of the European Investment Bank (EIB), and added that it is necessary to have a clear picture of individual countries, but also to always take into account the cross-border dimension of this project since the Energy Union does not stop at the borders of the EU, but continues to third countries, the Ukraine will also be assisted through the frame of this policy.

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