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The 8th Meeting of the EU-Russia Permanent Partnership Council was successfully completed today

 The 8th Meeting of the EU-Russia Permanent Partnership Council was successfully completed today

The 8th Meeting of the EU-Russia Permanent Partnership Council was successfully completed today, Friday, January 17th, with the participation of Commissioner for Energy, Günther Oettinger, the Greek Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change Yiannis Maniatis on behalf of the Greek Presidency of the European Union, and the Russian Energy Minister, Alexander Novak.
 
The proceedings of the Meeting were ratified with the Progress Report for “EU- Russia Εnergy Dialogue”.
Mr Yiannis Maniatis held a bilateral meeting with his Russian counterpart, whom he invited to visit Athens, while Mr. Novak, invited Mr. Maniatis to participate in two international energy conferences on gas and oil, organized in May and in June, by the Russian Ministry of Energy.
 
 
Speech by Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change at the Meeting of the EU-Russia Permanent Partnership Council on Energy (17 January, Moscow)
 
It is an honor for me, in my capacity as President of the EU Council of Energy Ministers, to participate in the Eighth meeting of the EU-Russia Permanent Partnership Council on Energy. It gives me great pleasure to be here in Moscow, and I thank our hosts, for the organization of today’s important meeting.   
Energy is of course, one of the most important aspects of EU-Russian relations, and our interdependence binds us together. The Energy Dialogue which is now in its fourteenth year has contributed to a strategic partnership and a greater understanding between the EU and Russia.
 
The adoption of the Road Map 2050 is a major milestone. But successful cooperation and dialogue have not happened by chance. They are the result of the shared willingness demonstrated, to find mutually beneficial approaches, respect for commitments taken, as well as respect for the equitable principle of security of supply and security of demand.
 
In order to keep this momentum it is imperative that we maintain -and even reinforce - our commitment to cooperate and find open-minded solutions to common challenges. In doing so we should take into account the “EU-Russia Partnership for Modernisation” which was set up in 2010,  by President Barroso and the then President of the Russian Federation Dimitrii Medvedev, to promote reform and a complementary partnership. In this context, one of our major challenges is the modernisation of our energy systems - and a particular challenge is improving our energy efficiency - which I stress, is a priority of the Greek Presidency. We welcome the work of the Thematic Group on Energy efficiency. But our Dialogue should focus more on both energy efficiency and on new innovative technologies, to pave the way towards more sustainable economies, including by exchanging best practices and elaborating training programmes.
 
Another challenge is the improvement of the investment climate, market reform and the access to our respective markets. In this respect let me say that by completing the EU’s Internal Market - which is also a key priority of the Presidency - we are determined to improve competition and openness inside the Union. In the long term our common EU-Russia objective will be to approximate, to make more transparent and to bring the functioning of our markets closer together to our mutual benefit.
 
Completing reforms to take our energy systems to a more secure and sustainable path will take decades. Europe cannot realise its objectives without close cooperation by its main suppliers. Russia is the EU’s main supplier but even more, it is a strategic neighbour.  Moreover, stable, reliable and predictable relations between the EU and Russia, based on mutual trust, constitutes an essential element for providing energy security for Europe. The Dialogue is a fundamental tool to further strengthen the overall EU-Russia relationship and I am confident that by joining forces we will further deepen our ties.
 
I look forward to fruitful and lively discussions today,
Thank you for your attention.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
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