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Monday, 10 February 2020 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Revision of the guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure - Objection pursuant to Rule 111: Union list of projects of common interest (debate)

  Maria da Graça Carvalho, on behalf of the PPE Group. – Mr President, Commissioner, I call for an urgent revision of the TEN-E Guidelines – a revision consistent with the energy and climate objectives in all the five dimensions of the Energy Union: decarbonisation, security of supply, internal energy market, energy efficiency, more research leading to affordability and breakthroughs in low-carbon technologies.

The European Commission has recently published the fourth list of projects of common interest. This list is based on the current guidelines, not taking into account the new climate ambition. On Wednesday we are voting on an objection to this list, but we must not forget that if the fourth list is rejected, we will fall back on the third. That list includes 40% more gas projects than the Commissioner just said, compared with the fourth.

It is much less ambitious in terms of climate change goals. The revision I’m asking for is also an opportunity to reassess some of the PCIs. The Commission should consider the crucial needs of certain regions, as is the case of the projects of the Iberian Peninsula and other regions in Europe.

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