Aradszki urges individualized energy mix

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Hungarian State Secretary for Energy Affairs, András Aradszki said that EU member states should have the right to formulate their own energy mix.

Speaking at an informal meeting of EU energy and climate protection ministers held in Milan on October 5-6, the secretary argued that the EU’s energy policy should contribute to reducing Europe's energy dependence by diversifying the external sources and routes and phasing out the absence of infrastructural ties. According to Aradszki, this can only be achieved if member states have the right to decide on their own energy mix, thereby guaranteeing security of supply for their citizens.

In response to concerns about Russia's natural gas supplies in the face of sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine, many at the meeting have stressed the importance of weaning the entire EU off of dependence on Russian supplies.

On the internal energy market package, Aradszki said that while a fully integrated energy market would contribute to the main energy goals of the Union, it must be kept in mind that the differing requirements of member states necessitate different tools and solutions. Steadily expanding cooperation that conforms to member states' peculiarities could serve as the foundation for the expansion of the internal energy market, he said.

Energy safety is the most urgent task before the EU and it should be given priority, and this should be kept in mind when setting the goals of the 2030 climate and energy policy framework, he explained. This requires keeping national energy policy planning within the jurisdiction of the member states, the state secretary said.

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