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Parliamentary questions
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6 June 2012

Question for oral answer O-000123/2012

to the Commission

Rule 115

Konrad Szymański, Giles Chichester

on behalf of the ECR Group

  Subject:  Third energy package

Thethird energy liberalisation package provides a basis for a competitive energy market in the EU. Recently, however, the representatives of the Russian Federation and the Russian monopolist Gazprom have been repeating an appeal for the principles of the third package to be reformed, and particularly for the principle of ‘third party access (TPA) to the gas transmission infrastructure to be repealed.

These opinions have met with understanding in some EU Member States capitals. Specifically, this involves the withdrawal of the principle of third-party access to the South Stream pipeline.

With reference to the Russian Federation’s campaign against the provisions of the third liberalisation package, there have been reports of an agreement being proposed between the European Union and the Russian Federation, under which the aforementioned package’s rules would not be binding with regard to Russian gas export pipelines. This would be an international agreement above European law.

The consultations regarding this topic were noted in the protocol of the economic negotiations between France and Russia dated November 2011.

Is it true that the Commission was presented with a draft agreement during EU-Russia energy talks?

Is it true that the draft agreement was drawn up by the Russian Government?

Does the Commission intend to change the provisions of the third liberalisation package in the energy sector?

Is the Commission intending to accede to the demands for South Stream to be excluded from the rules of the third energy package, including the third-party access principle (TPA)?

Tabled: 6.6.2012

Forwarded: 8.6.2012

Deadline for reply: 15.6.2012

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