Energy Union: Nord stream and involving EP - statement from ITRE chair Buzek
Projects contradicting the principles of the Energy Union, such as the expansion of Nord Stream, should not be granted any EU support, ITRE chair Jerzy Buzek said in a statement welcoming today's presentation of the state of the Energy Union. He also underlined that all energy related EU laws should be decided on an equal footing by the Parliament and Council.
Full statement by Jerzy Buzek, chairman of Parliament's committee on Industry and Energy:
"I am happy to see the Commission live up to its promise to keep the Energy Union high on the political agenda. The first 'State of the Energy Union' is an opportunity to review progress but also to highlight key areas in which efforts should be strengthened."
"Together with ITRE coordinators and vice-chairs from most political groups I have alerted the Commission that one of such areas is our energy security in the context of the doubling of Nord Stream. Like in a focal lens, Nord Stream shows the core reason why we are building the Energy Union: overdependence on a monopolist external supplier and abuse of energy as a political weapon. Now it is in the Commission's and Council's hands to ensure that projects which contradict the principles of the Energy Union, such as the expansion of Nord Stream, will not be granted any EU support, financial or other, including derogations from the 3rd Energy Package."
“The 'State of the Energy Union' is announced just days after we adopted an ITRE report concerning this strategy. We have once again stressed the importance of a shared governance of the Union. All related legislation should be decided on an equal footing by the Parliament and Council."
During the plenary session in Strasbourg 24 November, MEPs will debate today's presentation. The plenary debate and vote on the Energy Union report and a separate report on inter-connecting EU's electricity networks are scheduled for the plenary meeting 14-17 December.