CONSERVATIVE MEP FOR SCOTLAND

EU energy chief to visit Scotland

19.05.2015.

The top EU official in charge of creating ´Energy Union´ has accepted an invitation from Ian Duncan MEP to visit Scotland later this year. Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President of the European Commission with responsibility for Energy, will explore the key role that Scotland can play in creating an energy single market across Europe.

Energy Union has been described as the EU´s most ambitious plan since the 1950s, and would allow gas and electricity to flow across Europe to where it is most needed. This would drive down costs but also reduce Europe´s reliance on Russian Gas.

Dr Duncan commented:

"I am delighted that Vice-President Šefčovič has agreed to come to Scotland. As the oil and gas capital of Europe and a hub for offshore renewable technology, Scotland is ideally placed to contribute to and benefit from the development of the energy union. Of particular relevance will be Aberdeen and the Shetland Islands, home to much of Scotland’s energy industry. I look forward to welcoming him at a critical juncture for Energy Union"

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1. Energy Union - http://ec.europa.eu/priorities/energy-union/index_en.htm

2. Vice President Šefčovič http://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/sefcovic_en

3. Ian Duncan is the Conservative MEP for Scotland and Energy Spokesman in the European Parliament