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2. 4. 2015 17:02

Premier Meets with Vice President of the European Commission to Discuss Energy and V4 Priorities

Premiér Sobotka se setkal s místopředsedou Evropské komise Šefčovičem.
Premier Sobotka met with Vice President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, together with Minister of Foreign Affairs Lubomír Zaorálek, Minister of Industry and Trade Jan Mládek, and State Secretary for European Affairs Tomáš Prouza, met with Vice President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič in the Kramář Villa on Thursday 2 April 2015 to discuss cooperation between the Czech Republic and the European Commission in the area of energy, particularly in the context of the Energy Union. Other issues they debated included regional cooperation and the preparation and priorities of the Czech presidency of the Visegrad Group.

The Czech Republic welcomes the initiative of the Energy Union and values highly the Commission's effort to adopt a comprehensive approach to energy-related issues. According to Premier Sobotka, the Energy Union's main benefits for the Czech Republic include higher security and reliability of supplies as well as greater interconnection and increased capacity of energy networks.

At a session of the European Council held last March, the Czech Republic, in collaboration with the V4 Group, succeeded in pushing through important changes in the Energy Union's makeup. The modifications will reinforce the energy infrastructure, improve the competitiveness of European corporations, and make energies more accessible to both residential and industrial customers in terms of prices with the aim of preventing energy poverty. The success within the European Council testifies to the high potential of regional cooperation.

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