Integrated European energy grid 'is necessary'

10 Jun 2010
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European Parliament Building European energy needs could be provided if national energy grids become interconnected, MEPs have suggested.

This week, president of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek chaired a debate entitled Towards a European Energy Community for the 21st Century.

MEPs and MPs who attended the session were discussing various means of bringing about greater sustainability, competitiveness and security of the continent's energy supply.

The interconnection of national energy grids was flagged up as one idea and was backed by more than 250 of those who took part in the debate.

"People have great expectations," Mr Buzek commented.

"We must deliver on them."

The idea was supported by Professor Leigh Hancher of Tillburg University, who said such a policy could serve as a "fundamental building block" for a competitive energy market.

She added that while progress has been made on issues like energy security, policymakers still need to go further.

This comes after AFP quoted the European climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard as saying that Europe wants to secure an ambitious outcome at this year's climate change summit in Mexico.
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