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Parliamentary questions
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2 July 2015
P-010711-15
Question for written answer P-010711-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Andrey Kovatchev (PPE) , Vladimir Urutchev (PPE)

 Subject:  Energy security and whether the Turkish Stream/Greek Stream project and the extension of Nord Stream are compatible with the Third Energy Package
 Answer in writing 

In June 2015, Gazprom signed a memorandum of intent with OMV, Shell and E.ON on an extension of the Nord Stream gas pipeline, having already announced the Turkish Stream/Greek Stream project in January 2015. This followed the Bulgarian Government’s decision, in the light of the Commission’s requirements, to make strict compliance with the rules of the Third Energy Package a condition for construction of the South Stream pipeline — a decision that had negative economic consequences for Bulgaria.

1. Was the Commission informed by representatives of the companies concerned, and/or the governments of the countries in which they are registered, of the companies’ intention to sign such a memorandum with the Russian company Gazprom? Does the Commission have an official position on the Turkish Stream/Greek Stream project and the extension of Nord Stream and, if so, what is it?

2. Will the Member States on whose territory sections of the Turkish Stream/Greek Stream pipeline and the Nord Stream extension are to be built be subject to the same requirements and criteria that were laid down for South Stream?

3. How will the Commission ensure that those Member States do not put their national interests before considerations of EU solidarity and the priority aim, set out in the Energy Union framework strategy, of diversification of suppliers, routes and sources of energy in the interests of energy security for the Union’s citizens and companies?

Original language of question: BG 
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