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Brussels hosts European Sustainable Energy Week

Friday, June 8, 2018

The week-long policy event focused on the clean energy transition

Between 04-08 June 2018, Brussels hosted the annual EU Sustainable Energy Week (SEW).  The event, organised by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) in close cooperation with the EC’s Directorate-General for Energy, was originally launched in 2006, and focuses on activities to build a secure energy future for Europe. It brings together public authorities, private companies, NGOs and consumers to promote initiatives to save energy and move towards RES for clean, secure, and efficient energy systems.

The one-week policy event, for which this year’s theme was “the clean energy transition”, included numerous activities in Brussels such as workshops, conferences, debates, and a chance to share ideas and good practices in the Networking Village. In addition, a number of Energy Days were organised all over Europe, giving citizens and businesses the opportunity to discover the latest developments in sustainable energy.

Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, opened the event with a keynote speech in which he highlighted the work done by the EC to establish the Energy Union. His speech was focused on the policy initiatives that he considers “will lead the energy transition in the coming years”. These initiatives are: (i) the ongoing negotiations of the “Clean Energy for all Europeans” Package; (ii) the policy debate on the Long-Term Strategy; and (iii) the future EU budget from 2021 to 2027