Energy at the EEC 2014: Security above the doctrine - 21-05-2014
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Security and solidarity in the energy industry instead of a relentlessly promoted doctrine. A reconciliation of the climate policy with a renewal of the competitive European industry. These are the guidelines of the 6th European Economic Congress in the field of energy and economic policy.

The European Union has an established concept of respect for the climate; therefore, it will not abandon its climate policy. It is high time we devised a vision of respect for the industry and started implementing it – these are the conclusions that were often mentioned in the Congress debates on climate, energy and industry. The European Union should promote the development of the innovative energy industry, as well as the industry in general, seen as a driving force for the competitiveness of the entire economy.

• New CO2 emissions reduction objectives have to take into account the costs, as well as competitiveness and security of energy supplies. They should be set in coordination with the stances of the largest economies in the world. The implementation of the climate policy of the EU cannot cause an allocation of the industry or diminish the competitiveness of the European economy.

• The energy policy of the European Union should rest on several pillars, namely the development of energy infrastructure, solidarity mechanisms, the use of common bargaining power in negotiations with suppliers and the diversification of supply directions. The extraction of domestic resources is to stabilise energy security.

• There was also a recurrent postulate during the Congress, that the process of building the competitive European electricity and gas market should be finalised. The concept of a two-product market, i.e. electricity and power combined with the mechanisms of state intervention in the market aimed at stimulating investments, has started gaining an increasing number of supporters.

• The agreement on free trade with the USA (TTIP) will support the diversification of access to raw materials, simultaneously maintaining the standards of protection of the consumer and the environment. Nonetheless, the energy mix of the EU should be based on utilisation of the potential of European energy resources, both conventional and renewable. However, support systems for RES require rationalisation and supplementation through the development of all efficient energy production technologies available.

• Poland should demand such a share in the reduction-oriented effort of the EU that would not harm Polish industry. Emissions reduction in Poland should be achieved by the modernisation of the energy production sector and the implementation of energy efficiency.

• Energy security of the country has to be built on a diversified share of fuels in the mix, maximum utilisation of domestic energy resources, a share in the European energy market and further enlargement of the gas transmission infrastructure. The role of the state, as it was said, is to create regulations that encourage the implementation of extractive projects in the field of energy resources.

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