EU Commissioner for Energy: With this summit, we can look at energy policy and economic recovery from a regional perspective
We are glad to announce the participation of EU Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson in the Three Seas Business Forum in October.
In her statement Kadri Simson stresses the need for a rapid and large-scale response to the biggest health crisis in living memory to prevent a long-term recession. For this kind of cooperation the Three Seas Summit and Business Forum can bring great results.
Statement by EU Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson on the Three Seas
Dear Friends of the Three Seas Initiative,
For the past months, the whole world has been fighting the biggest health crisis in living memory. The corona pandemic has also sent shockwaves through the energy markets. We can be proud that the EU’s energy sector was well prepared for the crisis and weathered even the worst moments without any disruptions of supply. But we need to do more to be ready for the demands of the future.
In my mind, there is no doubt that our energy system needs to be greener, smarter, more effective and less wasteful. We will not let this crisis stop us from reaching the goals of the European Green Deal. The green agenda is still firmly at the heart of the European Commission’s priorities.
It is also clear that we can’t walk this road alone. We need worldwide cooperation and we need the unity of Member States. We should see the recovery as an opportunity to build a better future for EU’s citizens. For this to happen, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Member States and the regional and local governments, all need to work together towards a common goal. Europe learned from the last economic crisis, that a rapid and large-scale response is needed to prevent a long-term recession and a sharp rise in unemployment.
For this kind of cooperation, we need initiatives such as the Three Seas Summit. An occasion of gathering the brightest minds to discuss change – this can only bring great results! With this Summit, we can look at energy policy and economic recovery from a regional perspective, ensuring that all voices are heard in the European – and global – debate.
Therefore, I am very much looking forward to the Summit in Tallinn in October 2020. As an Estonian, I may be a bit biased, but I truly believe, that Estonia is a perfect place for such a timely meeting. I wish you all good health and sharp minds!
See you in Tallinn!
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Lithuania chairs the Three Seas Initiative (3SI) and is organising the 3SI Summit and an integral part of the 3SI – International Business Forum on 11 April 2024, in Vilnius. The purpose of the 3SI is to promote faster development and convergence of the region, by increasing the interconnectivity of the member states in the fields of transport, energy and digitalisation, in particular, in the region on the North-South axis, to enhance the EU's cohesion and consolidate the transatlantic partnership of the EU and US. During its presidency, Lithuania will focus on Ukraine and consolidation of transatlantic relations.
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