Prague, June 5 - Neftegaz.RU. As part of his 2nd Energy Union Tour, Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic travelled to the Czech Republic.
He discussed the EU's plan to help provide Europe with secure, affordable and clean energy. During the visit, he met with Prime Minister in resignation Andrej Babiš, as well as the Ministers of Industry and Environment and ministerial experts.
Furthermore, the Vice-President met with the Minister of Regional Development to discuss the coal initiative and strategy for regions affected by planned mine closures.
The Vice-President focused on encouraging the Czech Republic to continue its efforts to sustain and further deploy renewable energy in electricity, heating and cooling and transport, as well as its effort to lower greenhouse gas emissions. The preparation of National Climate and Energy Plan was discussed, too.
Ahead of the visit, Maros Sefcovic said: «I am impressed that Czech Republic has already reached its 2020 targets on renewable energy and is well on track to meet its greenhouse gas emissions target. But there is still incredible potential to evolve in the field of energy intensity. EU investments in energy efficiency improvements in Czech buildings aims at keeping a low average in energy intensity within the EU. Under the Horizon 2020 energy programme Czech participants have received funds for several projects, including one which aims at creating more flexible local energy systems.»