Invitation of the President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek to the Director of the Transmission System Operator Dr. Chr. Christodoulides
The Director of the Transmission System Operator, Dr Christos Christodoulides, was invited by the President of the European Parliament Mr Jerzy Buzek and participated in a working lunch together with ten other European Transmission System Operators and a number of European executives and other important figures of the Energy Sector. The event took place on the 12th October 2011 at the premises of the European Parliament in Brussels.
Six Members of the European Parliament as well as the European Commissioner for Energy of the European Union, Mr Günther H. Oettinger, participated in the event.
The President of the European Parliament in his introductory speech for the Energy policy and prospect of the European Union, highlighted the need for the redefinition of the Energy Mix in the European Union after the recent nuclear accident at Fukushima, Japan. He referred to the need for the development and application of new technologies to enable achieving the above objective, to increase the efficiency and last but not least to strengthen the prospect for a European Internal Energy Market.
The Commissioner for Energy of the European Union, Mr Günther H. Oettinger, elaborated on the position of the European Commission on the future energy policy of the European Union, with special mention to the Electrical Energy. He focused on the ongoing efforts for establishing an Internal Pan-european Electricity Market and the need to promote and expedite the materialisation of the required infrastructure and the development of new technologies that will assist in reaching the goals of establishing the Internal Energy Market and increasing the penetration of energy from renewable sources. He also stressed the need and importance for energy savings in all sectors and highlighted the need for effective thermal insulation of buildings.
An open discussion followed during which each participant had the chance to express his own views on the above matters. The delays often encountered in the execution of Transmission Projects due oppositions and negative reactions and the time consuming processes for acquiring the necessary permit were discussed. It was finally stressed that during the definition and design of the energy mix with the expected increased penetration from renewable energy sources, the security of system operation should be taken into account and considered of paramount importance.
It was a significant and highly constructive event that provided the TSO with very useful information. The participation of the TSO in a meeting of this calibre is considered to be very important for Cyprus in general.