Paris, 14 May 2013 - European Energy transitions and citizens dialogues
The massive reduction of CO2 emissions linked to energy production, transport and consumption by 2050 requires both a radical change in our habits and considerable investments. Fundamental questions are raised, in particular: how can we secure Europe's energy supplies? How can we ensure access of all to energy? How do we preserve Europe's competitiveness in a context of rising energy prices? How do we face risks in this field?
To answer to each of these questions a close involvement of civil society as well as a European perspective will be essential. Given the scope of the necessary transformations and investments in the energy sector policy-makers will need to rely on citizens' participation and involvement to be able to make informed and legitimate choices. It is therefore essential to reflect on the governance of energy policy and the role of civil society, especially to support the energy transition.
France has launched a National debate on the energy transition that is ambitious both by its methods and its objective. In this context the European Economic and Social Committee and Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute invite you to a conference aiming to:
· bring European added value to the debate on the energy transition in France and on the European Energy Community
· present the European Economic and Social Committee's proposal for a European Energy Dialogue
· kick start an on-going civil society dialogue in the EU and promote such debate in other member states.
This conference will be attended by inter alia French Energy Minister Delphine Batho, Jacques Delors, and stakeholders in the French debate as well as European representatives.
Programme and registration at www.eesc.europa.eu/dialogue-energie/