16 October 2013 
Greek EU Council Presidency Roundtable
Organized by: EUFORES
Location: Brussels
Venue: European Parliament

In the framework of Keep on track!, EUFORES organised a breakfast roundtable with the Greek Energy Attaché to the EU, Members of the European Parliament and scientific experts. Here the Greek Energy Attaché informed the Members of Parliament about the Greek renewable energy plans throughout the Greek EU Council Presidency.


Jan Geiss, EUFORES Secretary General, opened the Greek EU Council Presidency Briefing by holding an introductory round of the participants and by introducing the Keep on Track! project. Thereafter, Anni Podimata, Vice-President of the European Parliament and Vice-President of EUFORES, started the briefing by a short speech. She stated that the Greek Presidency has a big role to play in the Council in March 2014 and that this should not be underestimated. Charalabos Pippos, Greek Energy Attaché, summed up the main priorities of the Greek EU Council Presidency regarding renewable energy. These priorities will be the completion of the EU internal energy market and the move forward towards a 2030 Framework for energy and climate policies. Mr. Pipos also mentioned the need for a holistic avert approach towards islands and he declared that the Presidency will concentrate on the international dimension in the field of energy, such as Energy Community of South East Europe, Union for the Mediterranean and the RES relations between Greece and Turkey. Isabel Cancela de Abreu, EREC Policy Adviser, summed up what the renewables community expected from the Presidency, such as a 2030 framework with 3 ambitious binding targets and a ETS (linear fraction reduction) review, the publication of the State Aid Guidelines, the Internal Energy Market completion and the discussions around unbundling and the cost price of RES. Subsequently the floor was opened to all the MEPs present and a question and answer session was held with Mr. Pipos.