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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.   


Maroš Šefčovič is the Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Energy Union. Here, he explains why he has started a second Energy Union tour around Europe and how it ties in with EU Sustainable Energy Week.

What is the Energy Union tour? Could you also tell us about its origins and its impact from previous years?

It is extremely important that the debate around EU policies does not remain in Brussels ─ that it reaches the Member States, cities, civil society and citizens.

Launch of Smart Islands Declaration

The Smart Islands Initiative is launching its manifesto to use smart solutions to improve life on islands and to support Europe’s transition to a sustainable energy system.

Three questions to Commissioner Cañete

Miguel Arias Cañete is the European Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action. Here, he explains why the Clean Energy for All Europeans package is important and why it is the theme of this year’s EUSEW Policy Conference.

What is the "Clean Energy for All Europeans" package and how does it promote the Energy Union?


The Green Brewery Göss won the 2016 Business and Ctizens’ EU Sustainable Energy Awards.

Driven by consumers’ demand for “green” beer, it is a pioneer in sustainable brewing. The brewery uses electricity from hydropower, biomass district heating, solar thermal energy and a newly-built beer grain fermentation plant.  It aims to become the first major brewery in the world to produce beer using only renewable energy and reduce its fossil fuel CO2 emissions from the process to nearly zero.

Deadline extension for EUSEW 2017

You still have a chance until 10 March to propose a session for the policy conference or nominate a project for an EU Sustainable Energy Award.

Are you running late with your proposal for session at this year’s policy conference or for an EU Sustainable Energy Award? We’re extending the deadline until 10 March. That gives you an extra week to tell us about your brightest ideas in energy efficiency or renewables.

Energy infrastructure boost for renewables

EU investment in high-voltage cable, energy storage and smart grid projects is set to improve consumer access to clean, renewable energy.

On 17 February 2017, EU Member States agreed on a European Commission proposal to fund 18 priority European electricity, grid and gas infrastructure projects to the tune of EUR 444 million. Amongst these are initiatives for high-voltage cable, energy storage and smart grids, which all make renewable power more reliable and widely available. These include:

BEUC debate on Clean Energy package – 9 March

How does the EU’s November energy package impact consumers? A public debate organised by BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation, will explore the issues.

Call open for EUSEW 2017 networking

Lead a debate, host a stand or present your project at this year’s Networking Village. A highlight is the SparkShow, a game-style pitching event before a panel of journalists.

Have you come up with a great idea on how to save energy or promote renewables? We want to hear from you at the 2017 EU Sustainable Energy Week Policy Conference.