Germany and Netherlands sign joint declaration of intent on energy transition

(EurActiv, 3 Oct 2019) Following the Dutch government’s Berlin visit on Wednesday (2 October), Germany and the Netherlands signed a joint declaration of intent laying out a common energy transition plan, as well as closer cooperation in the areas of defence and asylum policy. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed her Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte for a set of bilateral talks in Berlin on Wednesday.

At a press conference, Merkel announced she was pleased to have “a whole series of things in common”. Previously, eleven parliamentarians from each state had held a joint plenary session and discussed current political issues.

Environmental protection issues were at the forefront, as was the case during the last government meeting in August. In the morning, Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier and his Dutch counterpart Eric Wiebes signed a joint declaration of intent on the energy transition.

Both countries have promised to cooperate more closely in the area of offshore wind farms and to work together with France and Belgium to develop a common gas market. By 2030, the Netherlands will cease natural gas production in the Gröningen region, from which Germany has so far purchased gas.

In the future, hydrogen could play an essential role, according to the joint declaration.

“They intend to jointly perform a feasibility study on the viability of future hydrogen applications, hydrogen production, particularly production based on renewable energy, large scale storage and transport infrastructure,” the declaration states.

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