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Parliamentary questions
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31 March 2015
Question for written answer E-005475-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nicolas Bay (NI) , Jean-Luc Schaffhauser (NI) , Bernard Monot (NI) , Mylène Troszczynski (NI) , Lorenzo Fontana (NI) , Aymeric Chauprade (NI) , Marie-Christine Arnautu (NI) , Franz Obermayr (NI) , Marcel de Graaff (NI) , Vicky Maeijer (NI) , Olaf Stuger (NI) , Bruno Gollnisch (NI) , Gilles Lebreton (NI) , Jean-François Jalkh (NI) , Marie-Christine Boutonnet (NI)

 Subject:  Unreliability of our partnership with Ukraine
 Answer in writing 

In an interview published in the French newspaper Le Figaro the day after Russia abandoned the South Stream project, Jérôme Ferrier, President of the International Gas Union, said that ‘Europe cannot do without Russian gas’.

This opinion, stated with clarity and conviction by Ferrier, seems to be unanimously upheld by experts and other independent observers.

It was also expressed by Fatih Birol — appointed Executive Director of the International Energy Agency on 13 February 2015 — during the dinner debate held by the European Energy Forum in Brussels on 24 February 2015.

Yet, in his draft report on energy security for the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, Algirdas Saudargas says that ‘Russia can no longer be considered a reliable partner’. There is no reasonable justification for such accusations, as the Russian gas company Gazprom has honoured all its contracts to date.

Surely the problem lies, rather, in repeated non-payment by the Ukrainian gas company Naftogaz?

Is the Commission, therefore, willing to put pressure on Ukraine — through which 82 Gm3 of Russian gas passed in 2013, but only 57 Gm3 in 2014 — and Naftogaz to ensure security of supply for the Member States?

Original language of question: FR 
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