Communications Committee to Meet EU Energy Commissioner

The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications will today (September 20) meet with Günther Oettinger, the European Commissioner for Energy. The Commissioner will address the Committee on the theme Challenges for European Energy Policy. Central to EU energy policy are the “20-20-20” targets, which set three key objectives for Member States to reach by 2020:

·        A 20 percent reduction in EU greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels;

·        Raising the share of EU energy consumption produced from renewable resources to 20 percent, and

·        A 20 percent improvement in the EU’s energy efficiency.

Chairman of the Committee Tom Hayes TD says: “Our Committee has an important role in scrutinising European Union proposals and tomorrow’s engagement with Commissioner Oettinger provides a valuable opportunity for us to assess the challenges for European energy policy.  The Commissioner is in Ireland to open the East-West interconnector between Ireland and Wales, which is a crucial part of our national infrastructure that will enhance energy security and assist in the development of renewable energy on the island.”

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