European Union Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson and her Chinese counterpart, Zhang Jianhua, the administrator of the National Energy Administration of China, discussed clean energy policies, in the context of both parties’ efforts to overcome the economic crisis caused by COVID19.

“Had a very good dialogue with Zhang Jianhua from the NEA at the 9th annual EU-China Energy Dialogue. Focused on the role of green energy in recovery and clean energy technologies, global energy markets and security of supply,” Simson tweeted after the meeting with her Chinese counterpart.

During the 9th EU-China Energy Dialogue, which took place in parallel with the 22nd EU-China summit via videoconference, Simpson and Zhang discussed the EU Recovery Plan and the European Green Deal, as well as China’s measures to stimulate clean energy development, and the shared responsibility to promote green energy investments in third countries.

Simson and Zhang also discussed security issues on the global energy markets, diversification of currencies for energy transactions, progress on power market reforms in the EU and China, as well as energy innovation and business cooperation. European and Chinese businesses were invited to present their views on the opportunities and challenges of energy investment in China, the Commission said in a press release.

They reviewed progress on the Joint Statement on the Implementation of the EU-China Energy Cooperation, which was signed in the margins of the 2019 EU-China Summit. Simson and Zhang also took stock of the progress of the EU-China Energy Cooperation Platform, launched in May 2019, and discussed activities that are planned under the second Annual Work Programme of the Platform.

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