Our goal is an energy autonomous and “green” Europe

The importance of the “blue economy” and the need to find alternative energy sources for a more “green” and resilient Europe was mentioned by Deputy Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis in his speech before the Working Group on Climate Change and the Environment, which met today in Strasbourg as part of the 3rd Plenary Session of the Conference on the Future of Europe.

In particular, Mr. Varvitsiotis stressed that the marine environment of the Mediterranean is constantly deteriorating, with overfishing and pollution creating huge problems in the coastal economies and the 200 million citizens who live in them. “Our economies depend on a healthy marine environment,” he said, noting that the EU-MED Euro-Mediterranean Group, which met twice in Athens last year, had already developed concrete ideas that could be further elaborated in the Dialogue on Future of Europe.

On the issue of carbon dioxide emissions, the Deputy Foreign Minister stressed the need to invest in green energy and for Europe to diversify its energy mix. In particular with regard to natural gas, he stressed that Europe should not only rely on existing sources, but should also explore the possibility of importing it from new roads passing through the Eastern Mediterranean, with particular reference to the development of deposits have been located in Israel, Egypt and Cyprus. He also noted the need for Europe’s electricity interconnection with North Africa. “Green energy not only does not harm the planet, but also helps Europe not to be dependent on a single energy source,” he concluded.


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