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Monday, 10 February 2020 - Strasbourg Revised edition

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

  Mohammed Chahim (S&D). – Mr President, unfortunately, we can only object to or accept the current projects of common interest (PCI) list as a whole. We do not have a say on individual projects, and I have many objections. First, no environmental assessment has been undertaken. What are the effects of the current list with respect to the European Green Deal and ambition of this Parliament? This list will lock us into fossil fuels for the next decades. It would be irresponsible to spend billions of taxpayers’ money on these projects. Second, talking about the taxpayers’ money, the current PCI list contains more than 20 UK projects, of which 6 are not linked to the EU at all. Should we really pay with our taxpayers’ money for projects between the UK and Norway while we know that many regions in Europe need that money for their transition? The only way for us to get an adapted list is to vote against the current list. We need a list that serves the European common interest, and is in line with our ambition towards a sustainable Europe.

So, colleagues, vote like I will – for the objection.

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