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Parliamentary questions
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27 February 2013
Question for written answer E-002255-13
to the Commission
Rule 117
Konrad Szymański (ECR)

 Subject:  Public consultation on shale gas
 Answer in writing 

The holding of public consultations by the Commission on the subject of unconventional extraction of fossil fuels, including shale gas, is based on a survey which, according to sociologists, does not satisfy the basic criteria of technical correctness and objectivity.

The way the questions are formulated invites responses which are critical of unconventional gas extraction. In addition, the survey was accessible for the first 30 days in only three languages, which constitutes serious discrimination against many EU citizens. Such accusations are contained in an expert opinion presented to me by Professor Andrzej Rychard, a review by Professor Paweł Sztabiński and an opinion by Dr Maria Ciechanowski on behalf of the PBS Institute — the latter two both having been commissioned by the PBS Institute.

The consultation process is an important feature of democracy, which is why it should be conducted with the utmost care and objectivity. Yet the survey currently in use contains fundamental errors of methodology.

For this reason the results obtained must not be regarded as a reliable source of information, and I therefore think that the whole consultation process should be repeated.

Does the Commission intend to repeat the public consultation on the subject of shale gas?

Original language of question: PLOJ C 372 E, 19/12/2013
Právne upozornenie - Politika ochrany súkromia