The EPP Group has welcomed concrete plans to establish an Energy Union in the European Union as presented by the European Commission today. "A main priority for the EPP Group is to assure cheaper energy for citizens and enterprises in Europe. The proposals presented today are very important steps towards achieving this", said Françoise Grossetête MEP, Vice-Chairwoman of the EPP Group responsible for the Working Group on Economy and Environment.

The building of an Energy Union in order to create a robust and coherent market for energy inside the European Union is a project very dear to the EPP Group. And with the fragile security situation in Ukraine, it is clear we have to become more self-sufficient in our energy supplies and join forces when dealing with third country suppliers. "We now need a strong commitment from the Commission and the Member States to realise the internal market for energy. The objective of achieving 10% of interconnectivity in our internal energy supply is vital in this regard", added Grossetête.

The EPP Group also welcomes the plans for increasing efficiency in the way we use our energy and the strong accent put on research and innovation into renewable energy sources. "The financial support of projects in sectors such as solar power, wind turbines, biomass and energy storage will come to benefit both the climate and small innovative entrepreneurs; the European Union has to maintain its technological leadership to compete on the global scale", Grossetête concluded.

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The EPP Group is the largest political group in the European Parliament with 219 Members from 27 Member States

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