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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Objection pursuant to Rule 111: Union list of projects of common interest (B9-0091/2020)

  Seán Kelly (PPE). – Madam President, I was one of the 443 MEPs who did not support this objection to the 4th PCI list.

I believe the projects on this list are important for the creation of a well-functioning internal energy market in the EU, as I support the ambition of a stable, secure and affordable supply of energy.

Additional investments will, of course, create jobs and growth in the regions concerned. The list of energy projects comes as a package, and I support it as a package. This list contains a number of key projects across the European Union that will help us meet all objectives of the Energy Union.

In Ireland, these include a number of important new projects, including the Celtic Interconnector (Ireland’s proposed electricity interconnection with France), additional electricity connections between Ireland and the UK, and the proposed Silvermines renewable hydroelectric power station.

These are all important elements of Ireland’s move towards renewable energy and, notably, our objective of reaching 70% renewable electricity by 2030.

While I understand concerns about the inclusion of gas projects, projections show that gas will play an important role in transition by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the power-generating industrial and commercial, residential and transport sectors by replacing more CO2-intensive fossil fuels like coal and oil.

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