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Parliamentary question - E-003209/2020(ASW)Parliamentary question

Answer given by Ms Simson on behalf of the European Commission

The Commission is aware of the Bill introduced to the United States (US) Congress, cited as ‘Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Clarification Act of 2020’ and is closely monitoring developments. As a matter of principle, (as indicated in the response to Question E-001783/2020), the EU opposes the imposition of sanctions against EU companies conducting legitimate business[1] and systematically conveys this message to the US.

The Commission’s objective has always been to ensure that if built Nord Stream 2, as well as the Turkish Stream pipeline, operate in a transparent and non-discriminatory way with the appropriate degree of regulatory oversight, in line with key principles of international law and EU energy law.

Since the entry into force of the amended EU Gas Directive in 2019, the EU has clear rules in place that apply to all pipelines linking the European gas market to a third country and which are designed to prevent preferential access.

The Commission is closely following the transposition of the directive by Member States, in particular Germany has notified complete transposition which is relevant for Nord Stream II.

In line with the objectives of the European Green Deal, EU energy policy aims to decarbonise its energy sources and ensure their supply in the most secure and affordable manner.

In terms of security of supply, EU policy pursues diversification of energy suppliers, sources and routes. In the context of the European Green Deal, the Commission is working on the impact assessment and future proposals that will underpin the 2030 Climate Target Plan, as well as on a strategy to reduce methane emissions notably from energy production, transport and use.

Last updated: 11 September 2020
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