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News announcement9 March 2023Directorate-General for Energy

One year of REPowerEU: Commissioner Simson takes stock of progress on ending Russian fossil fuel imports


One year after the publication of the first REPowerEU Communication (8 March 2022), Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson, is today taking stock of the energy situation at a committee meeting and a press conference in the European Parliament. REPowerEU is the Commission's plan to end Europe's dependency on Russian fossil fuels, in light of Russia's unjustified aggression against Ukraine.

Speaking to the members of the ITRE Committee in the European Parliament, Commissioner Simson, said:

One year ago the Commission presented REPowerEU Plan to end our dependency on Russian fossil fuels and diversify our sources. We have since sanctioned coal and oil and dramatically reduced our gas imports – all the while staying the course regarding our commitments under the European Green Deal. In fact, the carbon emissions dropped in Europe by 2.5% last year. Achieving this has been a joint effort - the European Parliament is an important ally in our work, which is far from done! I also want to acknowledge the millions of Europeans who demonstrated solidarity and unity by adjusting their lifestyles when Europe was hit by the gravest energy crisis in decades.

Commissioner Simson participated in a press conference organised by the European Parliament alongside the chair of the ITRE Committee, Cristian Silviu Bușoi, and the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, Fatih Birol.

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Publication date
9 March 2023
Directorate-General for Energy