A big week in Brussels

By Eva Lindgren

Not only was last week in Brussels busy for the UK politically, but it was also a big week for us; with stakeholder engagement centered around a launch event for the North Sea Link (NSL) project.

Auke Lont, Maroš Šefčovič and John Pettigrew

Auke Lont, Maroš Šefčovič and John Pettigrew

The event, which was hosted by us together with our NSL project partner Statnett (the Norwegian Transmission System Operator), was attended by around 100 guests, including: members of the European Commission; European Union (EU) energy stakeholders; members of the project team; and a host of both present and former MEPs who have been involved in the project’s success.

In his speech, Vice-President of the Energy Union for the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič praised the project and the work that is being done on interconnection in the North Sea. He also told the project partners that the NSL was a significant step in strengthening regional energy cooperation.

The line-up of speakers at the event also included our UK Executive Director John Pettigrew, Statnett CEO Auke Lont, and prominent British MEP Ian Duncan. The UK Minister of State for Energy, Andrea Leadsom MP, provided a video message for the event – a real show of support for the project and its success to date.

Dominique Ristori, his advisor Marion Malafosse, John Pettigrew and Emmanuel Brutin, European Affairs manager

Dominique Ristori, his advisor Marion Malafosse, John Pettigrew and Emmanuel Brutin, European Affairs manager

During the week, some of our senior leaders also met with key European stakeholders. John Pettigrew met with Vice-President Šefčovič and his Cabinet, the Director General for Energy Dominique Ristori, and the UK’s Permanent Representation to the EU (UKREP); a civil service department that represents the UK in the EU.

Ian Graves, Director, European Business Development, had meetings to discuss key European energy issues. He met with the European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, and International Executives from energy sector companies, including: TenneT, RTE, Elia, and Statkraft.

Important decisions that affect our business will continue to be made at an EU level, so engaging with the main stakeholders will continue to be vital as legislation progresses.Meeting these stakeholders, at what is a crucial time for the Energy Union, is important for our business; as one of the biggest transmission companies on the continent, we are looking to take a leading role in Europe.

Want to know more?

For more information about the project, take a look at the Statnett North Sea Link webpages and our press release for the North Sea Link event.

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