“Russia has exploited energy in the past months and years and we are really determined not to be dependent on Russian gas anymore. This is a strategic investment for our independence.” This was stated by the president of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen at the end of the bilateral agreement with the Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store. “Norway is a reliable supplier of gas,” added the number one of the European executive.
“We will do our part” on the energy dossier, assured the premier, underlining that Oslo “shares” the Fit for 55 path – measures to reduce emissions – initiated by the EU.
“The pressure that Moscow exerted on gas was not only on Ukraine but also on the EU”, underlined von der Leyen, explaining that Europe “has always been able to count” on Norway “being able to supply the necessary gas. “. At the same time “we agree that on the one hand gas is important but on the other hand we need to diversify sources. For the EU the way is clear: to reduce our dependence on gas and move towards renewables”, added von der Leyen. “The sharing of values is the basis of our cooperation.
We are following the Ukrainian crisis closely and have joined forces with those of our partners. With Europe we have integrated economies “, added the Norwegian premier.
“Our message to the EU today is not only about Norway’s reliability on gas” but extends to “cooperation on hydrogen, latest generation batteries, ocean waves, on all these interesting industrial aspects. We can cut emissions and create work”.
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