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ENERGY-CLIMATE STRATEGY : TAKE CEE COUNTRIES ON BOARD TO AGREE ON 2030 GOALS, SAYS LONDON.

The EU needs to address the concerns of the Central and Eastern European member states on energy security and high energy costs in order to be able to reach a compromise later this month on the bloc's new energy and climate policy framework for 2030, UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Dawey said on 3 March.

"I am in no illusion that for landing a deal [at the March European Council], for persuading our Polish, Slovakian, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian and Bulgarian colleagues, who have in today's [Environment] Council voiced some concerns, we need to listen to them [...] and find a way to meet their realistic requests to make sure that for example energy security issues are dealt with," Dawey told reporters following the meeting of the member states' environment ministers in Brussels. "The best way to deal with that is to invest in [energy system] interconnectors and networks," he said.

The European Commission said in January that it expected the member states' leaders to agree on their 2030 climate commitments at their next meeting in Brussels, scheduled for 20-21 March.

But the environment ministers of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia presented a joint position at the 3 March Environment Council calling for "further national impact assessments" of how the proposed new targets would affect the competitiveness and economic performance of the member states.

According to Dawey, "Europe needs to put its act together on things like the single energy market, interconnectors and networks. [...] That will help on energy security and to show that the package can really stimulate the investment that Central and Eastern European countries need in their economies".

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