Speaking at the Baltic Business Conference in Riga, Latvia, de Palacio argued in favour of energy market liberalisation and said that more co-operation between the EU and candidate countries should aim to increase security for nuclear power stations in Central and Eastern Europe.

Despite de Palacio’s pro-market liberalisation message, she was at pains to state her support for environmental protection measures and specifically mentioned a need to expand renewable energy generation so that it commands a greater share of total energy production.

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