Could the Franco-German couple push the Juncker Plan to support investment in energy efficiency and renewables? This is what the French and German Ministers for Economic Affairs asked in a joint declaration on economic integration on 31 March.
German Minister Sigmar Gabriel and French Minister Emmanuel Macron indeed call for the creation of a new “Common EU Fund aiming to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency”. The declaration also writes that the “Juncker Plan could support energy efficiency works in public buildings […] as well as in private homes”. The investment to support climate action is high in the agenda of both ministers, which suggests that the energy transition is a real opportunity for economic activity in the EU!