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Three questions to Jerzy Buzek

Jerzy Buzek is a Polish politician, former Prime Minister of Poland and former President of the European Parliament. He has been an MEP since 2004 and currently chairs the EP's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). He is an initiator of the European Energy Community, a former rapporteur for 7th Framework Program, the SET Plan and the EU Internal Energy Market, and current rapporteur on the Security of Gas Supply Regulation as well as for an own-initiative report on Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation.

What does sustainable energy mean to you?

Finalists revealed for the 2017 EU Sustainable Energy Awards

Twelve projects have been shortlisted for the four awards, which recognise the year’s most successful innovations in renewables or energy efficiency.

The EU Sustainable Energy Awards, highlighting cutting-edge innovation for the transition to clean, secure and efficient energy, are a major feature of the annual EUSEW policy conference.

Three questions to Bendt Bendtsen

Bendt Bendtsen is a Member of the European Parliament for the Conservative People’s Party of Denmark and member of the EPP Group. He works with many aspects of European energy policy. Currently, as the European Parliament’s negotiator for the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, he works to ensure that building stock contributes to a Europe based on sustainable energy.

What does sustainable energy mean to you?

European Green Capital and Green Leaf Awards: finalists announced

Five cities have been shortlisted for the 2019 European Green Capital Award, three for the 2018 Green Leaf Award. Both awards recognise cities’ commitment to environmental, social and economic sustainability.

In the running for the title of European Green Capital 2019 are Ghent (Belgium), Lahti (Finland), Lisbon (Portugal), Oslo (Norway) and Tallinn (Estonia). The three nominees for the Green Leaf Award 2018 are Leuven (Belgium), Ludwigsburg (Germany) and Växjö (Sweden).

Šefčovič and Piccard: The future is clean

Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič and Solar Impulse founder Bertrand Piccard set out plans for the transition to a clean energy system.

In a live video chat on 28 March, Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič and Bertrand Piccard, founder of Solar Impulse — the project for the first round-the-world solar flight — discussed their plans to promote a future successful clean economy.

Three questions to Claude Turmes

Claude Turmes (from Luxembourg) has been a Green Member of the European Parliament since 1999. He is the Green group’s coordinator on energy issues and a member of the parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.

Three questions about Pokupsko municipality

Pokupsko municipality in Croatia won the 2016 Public Sector EU Sustainable Energy Award.

The municipality has led the way on sustainable energy in Croatia for over a decade — through energy-efficient street lighting, heat pumps in kindergartens and schools, photovoltaic installations and energy retrofitting of municipality buildings. It also has Croatia’s only communal biomass heating plant, which fuels a local district heating system.

Are you on track for networking at EUSEW17?

The deadline is approaching for applications to lead a debate, host an activity or present your project at this year’s Networking Village. Send in your application soon!

Be part of EU Green Week

During this year’s EU Green Week discover the potential for European environmental policy to create green jobs. Sign up for the Brussels conference or take part in partner events across Europe.

Three questions to Alexander Duleba

Alexander Duleba is the director of the Research Centre of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association, an independent foreign-policy think tank based in Bratislava (Slovakia).

The Centre has organised an annual energy conference since 2007. Originally a national forum, this has evolved into the Central European Energy Conference (CEEC), which focuses on energy cooperation within this region. In 2016, CEEC also took place jointly with the SET Plan 2016 conference, as part of the official programme of the Slovak Presidency of the EU Council.