Environment, Energy and Climatic Change Minister Tina Birbili, who jointly represented Greece at the European Union's Council of Energy Ministers with Deputy Minister Yiannis Maniatis, expressed support for an increase in the share of Renewable Energy Sources in energy consumption in Europe.

In her address, the minister referred to the plan on the conclusions text, of the European Council on March 25, 2011, stressing the need for the EU to be able to meet the energy challenges that it will be called on to handle in the near future in a productive and competittve way and with low carbon dioxide emissions.

Birbili further "supported the improvement of energy performance also through the enactment of binding targets, on conditions that will be agreed by the member-states," in parallel with "economic incentives that are being promoted both at national and European level."

She reminded the need for the energy connection of all the EU's regions, with emphasis on the islands, whose energy potential in renewable energy sources must constitute an object of further utilisation.