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FuelsEurope briefs the newly elected Members of the European Parliament on the eco-friendly fuels of the future

The challenges and future of the sector addressed during Strasbourg event

Greek MEPs with HELLENIC PETROLEUM S.A. representatives. From the left Giorgos Kyrtsos, Theodoros Zagorakis, Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou, Liana Gouta, Sofia Kalogeraki, Alexis Georgoulis.

A successful event for the Greek MEPs delegation was held at the headquarters of the European Parliament (EP) in Strasbourg on July 17. The event was organized by FuelsEurope and the EP magazine “The Parliament Magazine”, for the MEPs recently elected for the 2019-2024 term, with the assistance of the Association’s member companies.

HELLENIC PETROLEUM S.A., was one of the participant member companies, addressing invitations to the Greek MEPs. Fifteen Greek MEPs and their assistants responded to the call and were welcomed, on behalf of HELLENIC PETROLEUM S.A., by Liana Gouta, Energy Policy and International Affairs Group Director and Alternate Board Member of FuelsEurope. After congratulating the Greek MEPs on their election, Ms. Gouta had the opportunity to introduce them to FuelsEurope Policy Director Mr. Alessandro Bartelloni and his team.

A very interesting exchange of views took place on Europe’s leading role in climate change mitigation and on the EU’s Strategy for the Energy Transition to a Zero Carbon Economy by 2050. In the same vein, the important challenges that the refining and liquid fuels sector face were addressed, with particular emphasis on the sector’s commitment to evolve and to foster the targets set by the EU, while continuing to supply the economy and the society with reliable and affordable low carbon fuels. The European refining sector was the first energy-intensive industrial sector to present a comprehensive proposal on the future of environmentally-friendly fuels, under the title Vision 2050, delineating the ways in which the sector can contribute to achieving the Paris Agreement targets to climate change mitigation.

The following Greek MEPs attended the event: Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou, Eliza Vozemberg, Alexis Georgoulis, Theodoros Zagorakis, Manolis Kefalogiannis, Petros Kokkalis, Stelios Kouloglou, Elena Kountoura, Stylianos Kympouropoulos and Giorgos Kyrtsos. Due to their parliamentary duties, MEPs Nikolaos Androulakis, Evangelos Meimarakis and Maria Spyraki’s parliamentary assistants attended in their stead. All participants showed a vivid interest in the Vision 2050 proposal and the fuels of the future and exchanged views with HELLENIC PETROLEUM S.A. and FuelsEurope executives, as well as MEPs from other countries.

The Greek MEPs received material with information about the sector and about HELLENIC PETROLEUM S.A. as well as the leaflet titled “Motion for Engagement”, which is addressed to all EU institutions, the Members of the European Parliament, of the Council of the EU and of the European Commission. In the attached leaflet, the sector confirms its commitment to contributing to the achievement of the Paris Agreement targets. During the coming 5 years, the EU institutions will have the unique opportunity to shape policies for a truly sustainable, socially just and economically competitive European society. Those policies will have to rely on a robust scientific and technical base, in order to ensure that they are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable in the long term. Finally, the leaflet provides a summary of FuelsEurope Vision for 2050, the proposal for its long-term strategy for the refinery of the future and the role of low carbon liquid fuels in the coming decades.

MEPs Eliza Vozemberg and Giorgos Kyrtsos with HELLENIC PETROLEUM S.A. representatives Liana Gouta and Sofia Kalogeraki and FuelsEurope Policy Director Mr. Alessandro Bartelloni.

MEPs Stelios Kouloglou with FuelsEurope Policy Director Mr. Alessandro Bartelloni and Liana Gouta and Sofia Kalogeraki from HELPE Group of Companies.

MEP Elena Kountoura with FuelsEurope Policy Director Mr. Alessandro Bartelloni and Liana Gouta and Sofia Kalogeraki from HELPE Group of Companies.