Reason enough for the Commission to take stock and to review the ambitions set out in the road- map. Importantly, the insights generated during this citizen-platform will inform the Commission’s review process.” (Box 4.1 ) A. ÅBERG ET AL.
49 ‘Even though the roadmap includes a summary for “citizens”, we as citi- zens rarely get the opportunity to discuss in person in what ways these noble goals impact our local and national realities in practice. The citizen platform has been organised to start such a discussion. We hope that it allows for perspectives to be heard that go deeper beneath the surface of the simplistic goals of the roadmap. For example: Will all citizens in fact benefit from the goals set out, or may some gain advantages at the expense of others? How do we make decisions when we need to choose between what is cheap and what is sustainable in our everyday lives? Where in the EU does growth take place? And in what ways is growth sustainable? In order to explore at least some of these questions, we have invited three women to give their views on the roadmap. They represent groups whose voices are all too often peripheral in discussions on energy — but whose lives are cen- trally impacted by the decisions evolving from these discussions in which they did not take part. So, let me introduce the three panellists sitting here next to me on the stage. They are Alva, from Sweden, Daniela from Bulgaria and Ambika from India. Alva is a member of the Sami community, the indigenous people in north- ern Europe. The relationship between the Swedish government and the Sami people has a conflicted history, especially with regard to energy extraction and Box 4.1 Excerpt from the Citizens’ summary of the Energy Roadmap 2050 • All citizens will benefit from lower greenhouse gas emissions, more secure and affordable energy if strategic decisions and invest- ments are taken now to save energy, invest in low carbon energy sources and build intelligent and diversified energy networks. • The development of new energy alternatives will sustain Europe’s competitiveness in growth and job-creating new industries. • Transforming the energy system will: empower consumers and make the energy bill more controllable and predictable; it will lead to more investment in the EU and lower bills for external fossil fuels; and it will increase energy security by more domes- tic supply. LOOKING FOR PERSPECTIVES! EU ENERGY POLICY IN CONTEXT
50 use, and Alva will address how energy policies adopted on the national level in Sweden may affect her community. Also on the panel is Daniela from Bulgaria. For her, energy security is perhaps a more important topic than sustainable energy, at least in the short term. This might also be true for our third invitee on the panel, Ambika, who has been invited to recognise that the effects of EU energy policy are inextricably linked to what happens outside Europe. She will reflect on this with a view on and from India.
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