Invitation to Riga, 6 Feb

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LEAKED: Latvia’s energy minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola and VP Šefčovič sent the following invite to EU energy ministers last Monday. As elsewhere, “pillars” are now described as “dimensions”, which signals the intention to integrate each part of the whole. Updated Thursday with conference draft agenda.

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Rīga, 12 January, 2015

Dear Minister,

Europe’s ambition to create a single energy market as well as the long term challenge of climate change have already brought significant changes to the EU energy system. The obvious need to go further requires a new energy policy paradigm. Therefore, the European Council has set the goal of building an Energy Union aiming at affordable, secure and sustainable energy.

Furthermore, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has made a strong case “to reform and reorganize Europe’s energy policy into a European Energy Union with a forward-looking Climate Change Policy“. He has called for us to pool resources, connect infrastructures, diversify our energy sources, reduce energy dependence, and to unite in order to strengthen our negotiating power vis-à-vis third countries.

We have to step up our efforts to complete the internal energy market, be more energy efficient, de-carbonise our economies and develop new ground-breaking technologies.

The time of a resilient Energy Union based on more security, solidarity and trust has clearly come. We have to seize this momentum.

Therefore, we are pleased to invite you or your representative to a defining high-level conference on the European Energy Union. The discussion will take place on February 6, 2015 in Rīga, Latvia. The one day event will include in-depth discussions on the Energy Union’s key dimensions and will be highlighted by special interventions of the Commission Vice-President for Energy Union, the Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, the Latvian Presidency of the EU Council, the International Energy Agency and many others. A closed Ministerial level session will be organized to which you are kindly invited to participate (format 1+1).

The Latvian Presidency of the EU Council would also like to invite you to attend the Welcome Reception on February 5 from 19:00 to 22:00 in the Small Guild Hall, Amatu iela, 5, Rīga (format 1+1).

Registration opens on January 12 and is required by 20 January by filling in the online registration form automatically sent by NOVENTO accreditation system in a separate e-mail. Please be aware that due to the limitations in number of participants it will be not possible to register after the mentioned deadline. We will be pleased to host the representatives of your institution according to the set quota for a delegation (format 1+2).

For additional information please call […] or email […]. We look forward to welcoming you in Rīga.

Yours sincerely,

Dana Reizniece – Ozola
Minister of Economics of the Republic of Latvia

Maroš Šefčovič
Vice-President for Energy Union

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