In the second half of this year, Estonia acts as the President of the Council of the EU for the first time. A presiding country changes every 6 months, and its responsibilities extend to the holding of working groups and meetings of the European Council. At these events, ministerial meetings of member countries are held to discuss and adopt co-decisions for their states. The presiding country presents and advocates agreements adopted in the course of discussions in disputes with the European Commission and the European Parliament.
In this 6-month period of the presidency, approximately 20 high-level visits, meetings and conferences and about 260 different events more are planned in Estonia.
For example, the regular conference on the topic “Europe’s Future Electricity Markets” was held on September 19 in Tallinn. The Ministers of Transport and Energy of the EU member states and other stakeholders met at the conference. The question of how the new structure of the electricity market in Europe will look like was the main topic for discussion. As a result of the meeting, the E-Energy Tallinn Declaration was signed.
The main objective of the declaration is to develop cooperation between the public sector and enterprises, which will make possible to offer new opportunities to find optimal prices and competitive service providers to consumers by virtue of the use of smart solutions.
During the discussions in support of the adopted declaration, the Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure of Estonia Kadri Simson stated that the best ideas arise in the interaction of various sectors, thus calling all market participants for broad cooperation.
WindEurope supported the declaration in the context of accelerating the informatization of the energy sector and highlighted, “The future of European R&D&I [Research and Development and Information Technology] programmes should be stimulated by the development of digital solutions, thanks to which the integration of wind systems with other sectors will develop.”
In the closing speech of the event, Vice-Chancellor for Energy of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia Ando Leppiman sounded his conviction, “In order to motivate consumers to save energy, it is necessary to implement fairly simple and reasonable solutions. Consumers should be more informed about the energy market, consciously choose how to consume energy, and know how to use various advanced digital solutions of this sphere.”
More information about the agenda of meetings can be found by following this link:
Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union Media Guide
Videotape of the event: