Patrizia Toia, MEP | Rights for Hydropower

Good evening Ms Toia, you are the vice president of Industry Committee Research on Energy at EU Parliament that's exactly what concern us and we are now at the Parliament

To your mind what's of interest in the hydropower field? Yes thank you many thanks to give me the chance to discuss this I will talk in Italian if you do not mind Of course Well, why the hydropower Europe is rethinking the energy issues that's true also in the past we released a first energy package a 2nd energy package, talk about grids we talked about security of supply we talked about the energy mix today Europe is entering a new chapter of EU Energy Policies policies for Energy Union in order to create a European Union with a unified market and with the common goal that of decarbonization and a single European Economy in this context at EU level we're talking about energy union this means that we believe in the European Union in this context we have to take into account the energy sources especially those who are cleaner and sustainable and that's the case of Hydropower how much does it count in the EU energy market framework and what EU, Commission, Parliament can do to promote this sector which needs some further regulation and maybe some limitations and obstacles to get rid of there's no European approach to the hydropower issue today n who should propose it? Should be the countries? Or the EU Parliament? The Commission? Who should be in charge of this Europeanisation? Well, it is true that the European approach has still been built that it does not exist today I believe that someone should take the initiative and it should be the commission since legislative proposals come from the commission so the proposal we have to push for it to get legislative proposals and a certain framework for hydropower rights, we will see which one so I think that today, being discussing your study which was appreciated by all my colleagues, coming from different countries which is a good sign we have the basis to discuss in deeper and with concern so I think that this study and the other suggestions we got we can open an oral query I do not know yet which will be the right tool to tell the EU commission let's present a plan of commitment for the building of the Energy Union inserting a chapter on hydropower we will ask that and we will do it in the most efficient way the Parliament has several tools and procedures to interrogate the Commission we will reflect and find the most effective one to ask the commission to present a coherent proposal which integrates all the different aspects: legal economic and first of all energetic to have a proposal of ideas we might need a new regulation we might need to take some decisions on complicate issues Nowadays like the concessions to create an harmonization in the energy market and especially the hydro market where is not the case today My last question for you is since one year or so we've been talking a lot about the energy union the union of the energy to your mind the hydropower is a topical issue in the energy union no it's not a marginal issue I was saying the electric market is the 20% of our consuming so this percentage is not marginal it's not a small issue it's also a matter of having for instance regarding the security of supply we have to push for the most safe and secure sources, renewables rather than sources that come from with highly variable prices so it's a matter of quality and quantity of energy we need to manage the sources It's been a real pleasure talking with you and glad to see that the vice president on Industry, Research and Energy is perfectly aware of the important role of the hydropower Yes I am and so my colleagues, those who attended today and also who, unable to participate, wrote me expressing their interest, I am also representing them and playing the role of facilitator in order to achieve this goal I am happy to know that my MEPs work in the directions of my expectations yes many of them are doing their job, indeed! Congrats on your work Many thanks Congrats on your research report Good-bye

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