The President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor met the Vice-President of the European Commission and the European Commissioner for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič to discuss the functioning of the energy market.
Nestor spoke about the new opportunities in the energy sector, and the use of green energy in Estonia. Estonia and our close neighbours have liberalised their electricity markets, while many other Member States are yet to achieve that. Nestor said that Estonia will make efforts during its Presidency to achieve a consensus between the Member States on the design of the electricity market.
The Commissioner spoke highly of the Estonian Presidency, and commended the work done in the field of energy. He said that the Commission has high hopes that Estonia will achieve a common approach in all the principal files of the Clean Energy Package.
The Commissioner for the Energy Union also met the Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee Toomas Vitsut, Chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee Sven Sester, and member of the Economic Affairs Committee Kalle Palling.
The Commissioner summarised the European Commission draft legislation on promoting the use of renewable energy, improving energy efficiency, designing the electricity market, and managing the Energy Union. He said that Estonia has a good environmental record, but still needs to reduce CO2 emissions in the transport sector.
Vitsut spoke about how proud we are in Estonia that we have enough clean air, but that we must also preserve this, which means that the transport sector must adapt to new environmentally sustainable rules.
Palling pointed out an important change in the attitude – not everyone has to own a car any more, they can just rent one if they need it. The statistics show that a car is only used on average for one hour a day. Palling spoke about the growing collaborative economy trend which helps to achieve the targets of CO2 emissions reduction.
Sester proposed a possible measure for discussion: Member States could consider discounts on the prices of means of transport that help to conserve energy. This could also include allowing the use of the bus lane, smaller registration fees, or possible tax elements.
Vitsut, Sester and Palling all stressed that disconnecting the power networks of the Baltic states from Russia and connecting these to the Nordic or other European networks is a question of security, and there is a political consensus on the issue in Estonia.
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