Bulgaria, France, and Greece took a pledge to revise their national plans for renewable energy and increase their share of solar, wind, and other renewables to 35 percent, 33 percent, and 27 percent of their usage by 2030. At the ministerial meeting in Brussels, Fabrice Dubreuil stated that France has made a decision to increase its objective from 32 to 33 percent and other countries also made pledges similar to France. It was surprising to the observers at the UN climate summit when Greece announced plans to phase out coal usage by 2028.
Former communist countries like the Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary, from their part, highlighted the need to significantly increase the financing to meet the climate and energy objective of the bloc by 2023. Only the poorer eastern European nations didn’t complain about the energy transition. Andrea Feicht, energy state secretary of Germany, underlined the significance of relaxing strict state aid rules in energy efficiency and energy financing. Earlier this year a proposal to update state aid guidelines was made by the European Commission to phase out subsidies for renewable energies because it was becoming competitive with fossil fuels. EU ministers have differed sharply due to the technologies that are required to reach the climate neutrality goal by 2050.