Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
The carbon neutrality strategy should address the different realities of the different European member states, Energy Minister Miriam Dalli told her European counterparts on Monday.
The energy ministers of the European member states met virtually to discuss the member states’ priorities in view of the forthcoming revision of European energy legislation. In July, the European Commission published the EU Strategy for Energy System Integration, providing the framework for the green energy transition.
This was the first time, that Dalli addressed the Council of Ministers as Energy Minister.
The European Union needs to ensure that the specificities of different member states are taken into account, particularly those of smaller countries like Malta, the former MEP told her counterparts.
She underlined that the needs of those living in northern Europe face a different reality from those living in the southern region.
“The most important thing for a member state like Malta is that specific realities of different member states are taken into account, particularly smaller member states that have limited or no connection to the continental grid. The realities that the Northern member states face are totally different than the realities that the Southern member states face. This differentiation has to be taken into account when policies and programmes are planned and formulated,” Minister Dalli said.
Financial and technical support should be tailored according to the needs of the member state, she maintained, adding that it was only by doing so that barrier could be overcome.
Dalli stressed that for the Green Deal to be successful the current workforce must be trained and prepared while future generations are equipped with the necessary skills. She said underlined also the need of an awareness raising campaign on such transition which would shed light on both tangible and intangible benefits including those financial in nature and the positive impact on air quality and quality.
A need to invest in developing technology which is less costly and more versatile, was also mentioned.