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News announcement14 December 2022Directorate-General for Energy

Commissioner Simson in Vienna to attend the 20th Ministerial Council of the Energy Community


Tomorrow, Thursday 15 December, Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson will be in Vienna to participate in the 20th Ministerial Council of the Energy Community.

The Energy Community is a key partner for the EU, bringing together our neighbours to create an integrated pan-European energy market. This year, the Ministerial Council meeting will focus on the impact of the war in Ukraine, the energy crisis, and security of supply.

The Energy Community contracting parties are also set to vote on the implementation of several EU rules, including the EU electricity market rules. Their full implementation would allow them to fully access the EU electricity markets. Ministers will also discuss regional approaches to the energy and climate transition. In the morning, Commissioner Simson will give an opening speech alongside the Deputy Minister for Energy of Ukraine, Yaroslav Demchenkov and at 13:00 CET, she will participate in a press conference, which will be livestreamed on EuropebySatellite

In the afternoon, Commissioner Simson will co-chair the third High-Level Energy Dialogue with Moldova with Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spînu. The dialogue will address Moldova's electricity and gas security of supply, as well as the energy transition and energy efficiency in residential buildings. Since October 2021, and especially in the context of Russia's aggression against Ukraine, the EU has been building a strong energy cooperation with Moldova, helping it maintain secure gas and electricity supplies. 

While in Vienna, Commissioner Simson will also hold a bilateral meeting with the Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Haitham Al Ghais. They will discuss recent energy market measures and developments, the outcome of COP27 and common challenges such as the clean energy transition and the climate crisis. 

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Publication date
14 December 2022
Directorate-General for Energy