PRAGUE – The day before the EU Commission presented its ‘Fit for 55’ package proposals in Brussels, the Czech Republic’s Deputy Foreign Minister for European Affairs Ales Chmelar told New Europe on July 13 that the Czech Republic is looking to diversify its energy resources as the country strives to meet its climate goals.

“Certainly, energy independence or diversification is also part of the climate debate,” Chmelar said in an interview on the sidelines of the Prague European Summit. “Nevertheless, the current energy mix, the composition of our energy production is such that if we do not try even to use this kind of infrastructure be it pipelines but also coal plants and in the transition time to build for gas and make them appropriate for gas energy supplies, we will most probably not be able to meet the targets.