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Parliamentary questions
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3 May 2018
E-002482-18
Question for written answer E-002482-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Aymeric Chauprade (EFDD)

 Subject:  Subsidiarity principle called into question vis-à-vis Member States' energy policies
 Answer in writing 

This question concerns the Commission’s proposal for a directive amending Directive 2009/73/EC concerning common rules for the internal market in natural gas (COM(2017)0660).

Application of the proposed directive would be in breach of Articles 21, 79 and 112 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, of 10 December 1982, which has been signed and ratified by all the EU Member States, and also of Article 194 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. As the French Senate pointed out (in its reasoned opinion of 10 January 2018), the proposal fails to observe the principle of subsidiarity.

That principle is, however, inalienable, and the changes effected by the new directive would infringe on the right of states to negotiate in a field that is governed by international intergovernmental or trade agreements.

Given that responsibility for energy measures is a competence shared between the Member States and Union, on what legal bases can the Commission, as guardian of the Treaties, justify calling into question the subsidiarity principle?

Original language of question: FR 
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