Parliamentary question - O-000055/2020Parliamentary question

Europe’s energy independence and the extraterritoriality of US law


Question for oral answer O-000055/2020
to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Rule 136
Emmanuel Maurel (GUE/NGL), Marc Angel (S&D), Manon Aubry (GUE/NGL), François-Xavier Bellamy (PPE), Monika Beňová (S&D), Manuel Bompard (GUE/NGL), Saskia Bricmont (Verts/ALE), Leila Chaibi (GUE/NGL), Miroslav Číž (S&D), Özlem Demirel (GUE/NGL), Geoffroy Didier (PPE), Maria Grapini (S&D), Robert Hajšel (S&D), Valérie Hayer (Renew), Eero Heinäluoma (S&D), Brice Hortefeux (PPE), Kateřina Konečná (GUE/NGL), Martina Michels (GUE/NGL), Younous Omarjee (GUE/NGL), Anne-Sophie Pelletier (GUE/NGL), Sira Rego (GUE/NGL), Dominique Riquet (Renew), Helmut Scholz (GUE/NGL), Joachim Schuster (S&D), Irène Tolleret (Renew), Viktor Uspaskich (Renew), Marie-Pierre Vedrenne (Renew), Stéphanie Yon-Courtin (Renew), Christophe Grudler (Renew), Manu Pineda (GUE/NGL), Arnaud Danjean (PPE), Petros Kokkalis (GUE/NGL), Eugenia Rodríguez Palop (GUE/NGL), Idoia Villanueva Ruiz (GUE/NGL), Anne Sander (PPE), Cornelia Ernst (GUE/NGL)

The implementation of a new sanctions regime by the United States against European companies working on the Nord Stream 2 project is worrying. Moreover, it illustrates the difficulties that European leaders face in protecting and supporting the continent’s energy independence.

These sanctions will have a retroactive effect and will target, in the words of Senator Ted Cruz, who introduced the bill, ‘anyone involved in the project in any capacity’.

Whether one may be for or against Nord Stream 2, one cannot accept such an extension of the scope of US law. In spite of its title, rather than protecting Europe’s energy security, this bill will allow Washington to impose itself on the European energy market in an arbitrary manner.

Submitted: 11/09/2020

Lapses: 12/12/2020

Last updated: 15 September 2020
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