22 Jun

At the Energy Council on 11 June, ministers adopted the Council position on the regulation on trans-European energy infrastructure. Hungary supported the Presidency's compromise proposal, which reflects climate policy goals but also provides intermediate steps through the transformation of the existing natural gas network, which, for several Member States is a key for a cost-effective energy transition. On the road to climate neutrality, natural gas not only has a key role to play as a transitional energy source, but is also essential in scaling up the hydrogen economy. Existing natural gas infrastructure provides the most optimal and cost-effective solution for understanding the specifics of hydrogen transportation and storage.

While exchanging views on the EU hydrogen strategy, Secretary of State Attila Steiner informed the participants about the adoption of the Hungarian hydrogen strategy. He emphasized the need to create an incentive framework in the new regulatory framework, together with targeted funding mechanisms.

Ministers adopted council conclusions on a renovation wave. Renovation of buildings will not only improve the living conditions of consumers and reduce their energy bills, but will also contribute to economic growth, emissions-reduction and job creation.