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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 24th, 2023 at 06:01:31 PM EST
Kadri Simson tweet

Our focus was mainly on #energysecurity & #energyefficiency. In the longer-term, renewables will play an important role as a domestic energy source.

🇲🇩 has achieved a lot over the past year in diversifying its energy sources & overcoming the Russian #energy market manipulations.

From my diary January 2, 2022 ...

EU Politics and Energy Transition

East dictates West and cuts Gazprom as source ... prefer Star Striped LNG tankers crossing the big pond to supply a subsidized New Europe.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 24th, 2023 at 06:03:15 PM EST
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Kadri Simson on forging a new energy path

The EU Commissioner for Energy tells The Parliament about how her portfolio has morphed into a hot-button issue since the war in Ukraine and the bloc's efforts to free itself from dependence on Russian fossil fuels

Kadri Simson, the EU Commissioner for Energy, says she had to fight back tears at the end of the emotional address delivered by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the plenary of the European Parliament.

The Ukrainian leader was in Brussels on 9 February for the last leg of a trip which began in London and Paris and then continued to Warsaw, almost a full year into Russia's war on his country. Standing at the podium before the EU's lawmakers, Zelenskyy greeted the room with the now-familiar "Slava Ukraïni!" (Glory to Ukraine!), to which the audience responded with the customary answer, "Herojam Slava!" (Glory to the heroes!).

Simson was seated on the right side of the hemicycle, together with her colleagues from the College of Commissioners. "We have been part of a historic moment - it was impressive," she tells The Parliament just a few hours later, speaking at her office on the eighth floor of the Berlaymont.


The Baltic countries have long warned about the risk of military escalation by Moscow, a concern often brushed off by their peers in the EU. "We knew that this could have happened," Simson admits.

Estonia has largely managed to bury the last remnants of its Soviet past while turning itself into a digital haven and an incubator of start-up success stories ("I was definitely ready when we turned to fully remote work!" Simson says with a smile).

She recalls her adolescence before the small country gained independence from the Soviet Union: "Before that, in the 80s, almost every family had relatives who had been deported by the Soviets, and others living abroad, trying to keep the attention high on the occupation. This is the reason why none of us from the Baltic region questions the unwavering support towards Ukraine. There is no possibility that we will feel exhaustion after one year of war."

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 24th, 2023 at 06:06:35 PM EST
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