May 8, 2020
In a letter to the European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, and to the European Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson, the Lithuanian, Polish, Greek, Spanish, Latvian, Estonian, Austrian and Luxembourg ministers call for an industrial policy for the EU to extend renewable energy supply chains in Europe.
“ When the ministers of Poland, Greece, Spain, Austria, Benelux and the three Baltic states say they want an industrial policy for wind and solar power, you know that it is now clear to everyone: the transition to renewable energy is good for jobs and growth, ” says Giles Dickson, CEO of WindEurope.
The signatories stress that the expansion of renewable energies would create new opportunities in terms of growth, investment, job creation and innovation in Europe. They call on the European Commission to recognize wind energy as a priority European strategic value chain. The letter calls for representatives of the renewable energy industry to be included in the planned Industrial Forum, a high-level consultative body bringing together member states, European institutions and industry players, to be created in September.
To reach the EU’s Green Deal goal of climate neutrality by 2050, Europe will need to invest more than € 2 billion in wind and solar capacity over the next 30 years. Ministers call for more support for renewable energy from European funds such as InvestEU and the Connecting Europe Facility and a more flexible approach to state aid.
“17 EU member states were already calling for a green recovery plan. Another broad alliance now highlights the strategic economic importance of European renewable energy industries and the need for the EU to support them. We look forward to Brussels taking the decisive action they demand, “said Dickson.
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