Prague - European Union President Herman Van Rompuy and Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka agreed today that the EU should try to curb its energy dependence on Russia, they told reporters today.
Premiér Bohuslav Sobotka (vpravo) se setkal 30. dubna v Hrzánském paláci v Praze s prezidentem Evropské unie Hermanem Van Rompuyem. ČTK Kamaryt Michal
By June, the European Commission (EC) should submit a plan on how to reach this goal, Rompuy said.
At a meeting with Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD), Rompuy said the energy dependence on Russia seemed problematic in view of the current events in Ukraine.
"We will support all initiatives that would help further interconnect national energy industries and power networks, strengthen energy security and lower Europe´s dependence on energy raw materials from Russia," Sobotka said.
He and Rompuy also debated the prepared climate package.
Sobotka said the Czech Republic would be pushing for the utmost possible autonomy of individual member states in their decision-making about the "energy mix" they would prefer.
Sobotka added that he would like such a decision to be made that would preserve the competitiveness of the economy of the Czech Republic and other member states.
The common energy policy influences not only competitiveness but also climate changes and Europe´s energy security, Rompuy noted.
Energy industry and gas supplies will be the main topics of the Friday meeting of EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger and the Russian and Ukrainian energy ministers, Alexander Novak and Yuri Prodan, respectively. Their trilateral talks will take place in Warsaw.