Tatyana Firsova. The energy Ministers of Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Canada, the UK and the US on Tuesday adopted a communiqu?, which stressed the commitment of the previous document, proclaiming the diversification of energy supply the main element of energy security.
The chairmanship of the "big seven" From 1 July last year moved To Germany, the summit of the heads of the G7 countries will be held in June 7-8 at ELMAU castle in the Bavarian Alps. In Hamburg, the Ministers gathered at the invitation of the Minister of economy and energy of Germany Sigmar Gabriel. The last Ministerial meeting in this format took place in Rome in 2014.
The document was adopted on the results of the two-day work of Ministers with the participation of commissioners of the European Commission. Even in Rome, As a response to the current crisis situation in Ukraine, was formed by the action plan of 13 points. The plan on Tuesday, it Was decided to Express support and make wider.
"Eight" has turned into "seven" after the G7 in 2014, has decided not to send their leaders at the informal summit of the club of developed countries in Sochi and gathered without the participation of Russia in Brussels. This decision Was made on the background of the events around Ukraine.
As stated in the document, the Ministers " consider diversification As a key element of energy security."
"We aim to further diversify the energy mix, energy sources and routes of their delivery. We believe that all of this is in the short, medium and long term increases the probability of the cast To improve the resilience of energy systems in a supply shortage, " reads the communiqu?. It was agreed to continue to support Ukraine on the path of reform energy systems, as well as to strive For the transparency of markets and the diversification of suppliers ". Also, the G7 Ministers agreed to support the development of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency.
in addition To the already agreed a year earlier in Rome, the Ministers agreed on six points, as well as among them Ukraine and improving cyber security in the energy sector.
Many attendees of the meeting felt that since the adoption of the last communiqu? in Rome on 5-6 may of last year significant innovations meeting in Hamburg brought.
"The purpose of this meeting Was to discuss the very General principles of energy efficiency, innovative technologies, energy security. I think this has turned out, in addition, we recorded in document now a lot. For example, the Topic of cybersecurity in Rome did not sound at all ", - told reporters the head of the Ministry of economy and energy, Germany Sigur Gabriel.
"since the last meeting in Rome there are a number of steps forward," he added. According to the Minister, the question of efficiency of energy consumption in Rome was also not announced.
"in Rome We, that is, spoke about How to be specific current crisis brought on by the events in Ukraine. We did not speak There about productivity, about cybersecurity, nor about new technologies. It said, i.e., only one thing - We can become independent from Russia and How quickly, and How to be With reverse supplies to the countries of Eastern Europe and Ukraine ", - said Gabriel.
The topic of Ukraine, in truth, sounded at a meeting in Hamburg is not as loud As in Rome.
"We welcome the fact that Ukraine since our last meeting started important reforms in the energy sector. At the same time, We encourage Ukraine to pursue crucial reforms in the field of energy policy. We emphasize readiness to support Ukraine and other countries in energy policy reforms in order to come to be economically sustainable, transparent and reliable power systems, " - said in the communiqu? of the G7.
The story of the group of eight dates back To 1973, then was soveshenee so-called "group of five" with the participation of financiers from the US, Germany, France, UK and Japan. 1st financial meeting in this format was held in France at the Palace of Rambouillet. In 1986, the group was joined by Italy and Canada.
in 2008, the "big seven" has expanded at the expense of Russia, which in the beginning of 2014 took over the Chairmanship in the group. It was expected that the summit "big eight" in 2014 will be held on 4 and 5 June in Sochi. But the leaders of the "seven" on 24 March on the sidelines of the nuclear security summit in the Hague has suspended the operation of the "eight" and refused from participation in the meeting of the G8 in Sochi because of Russia's policy on Ukraine and Crimea. The organizing Committee on preparation and ensuring of the Russian presidency of the G8, for its part, decided From 25 March 2014 to stop for a while preparing For the summit.