Measures to safeguard the security of gas supply

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In February 2016, the Commission proposed an update to its Security of Gas Supply Regulation. The purpose is to ensure that all Member States put in place appropriate tools to prepare for and manage the effects of a gas shortage due to a disruption in supply or exceptionally high demand. Under the proposed rules, regional cooperation and coordination on gas would be improved both to prevent and to mitigate supply shocks, as well as to ensure solidarity in the event of an emergency.

EU countries would be obliged under the solidarity principle to help out a neighbouring EU country that is experiencing gas supply trouble, in order to ensure the gas supply to households, essential services and district heating.

Countries would work together regionally to identify common gas supply risks. They would have to prepare risk assessments, preventive action plans and emergency plans at regional level which must be updated every four years. They would also work together to decide on the construction of reverse gas flows at cross-border interconnections and involve other EU countries situated along the gas route. Countries outside the EU, but part of the Energy Community, will also be included to help prevent gas crises and ensure better management of a crisis at the EU's borders.

Rapporteur: J. Buzek
Shadows: Theresa Griffin (S&D), Edward Czesak (ECR), Pavel Telicka (ALDE),Claude Turmes (Greens), Xabier Benito Ziluaga (GUE/NGL), Dario Tamburrano (EFDD), Barbara Kappel (ENF)