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Parliamentary questions
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3 December 2015
Question for written answer P-015380-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Jacek Saryusz-Wolski (PPE)

 Subject:  Compatibility of the project for doubling the Nord Stream (NSII) capacity with EU energy security priorities
 Answer in writing 

The State of the Energy Union notes that NS II ‘would not give access to new supply sources’, while increasing transmissions from Russia. Therefore, it would not comply with the Energy Union and the Energy Security Strategy objectives of security, solidarity, trust and reducing dependency on a single supplier.

Council Conclusions on energy diplomacy state that the Energy Union ‘should be supported by a coherent foreign policy, taking into account geopolitical developments’. The 2015 Eastern Partnership Review underlines the region’s importance for EU energy security, while Vice-President Šefčovič highlighted Ukraine’s key role as a transit country. Given that the Commission has stressed the non-compliance of the parallel South Stream with EU priorities and warned against bypassing the CEE transit countries:
1. How does NS II comply with the Energy Security Strategy, EaP Review and Energy Union objectives and fit into the EU’s ‘coherent foreign policy, taking into account geopolitical developments’ in EaP?
2. What are the consequences of increased transmissions from Russia via NS II on the CEE transit countries?
3. Given the negotiations between President Putin and Vice-Chancellor Gabriel, contradicting the ‘purely commercial’ nature of the project, is the Commission still intent on only pursuing a legal analysis of NSII?
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