S&Ds push for stronger energy cooperation to prevent future gas supply crises

The European Union is reviewing its Security of Gas Supply regulation, in place since 2010, with the Socialists and Democrats demanding stronger coordination between Member States to avoid any future EU gas crisis. Today the all-party Industry, Energy and Research Committee in the European Parliament adopted its position to negotiate a final agreement with the Council of the EU.

S&D spokesperson on this issue, Theresa Griffin MEP, said:

“While the EU is moving towards a more sustainable and energy-efficient economic model, we are still highly reliant on external sources of energy, especially when it comes to gas. In fact, we currently import 65% of our gas from Russia, Norway and Algeria at a cost of €400bn each year. We must lower this figure and make ourselves less vulnerable.

“This involves developing regional risk assessments and emergency plans to strengthen our energy security. In an increasingly interconnected gas market, by working together we can ensure the security of gas supply to every Member State.

“Solidarity is at the core of this regulation. In the event of any future gas crisis, Member States will have to cooperate to protect our most vulnerable citizens – including our hospitals and essential social services. In the long run, Socialists and Democrats are also pushing for a diversified energy mix and ambitious targets for energy efficiency, renewables and building renovation.”

S&D spokesperson on energy and industry, Dan Nica, said:

“The vote on security of gas supply regulation represents a step forward for the Energy Union and shows the commitment we have for increased energy security.

“As we approach winter, it is also a signal to our citizens that the EU will soon act as a single energy player. We need to show to Member States that are highly dependent on countries like Russia for their gas supply that in case of any crisis we will show energy solidarity and act collectively.

“We need more regional cooperation and emergency plans to ensure the proper and continuous functioning of the internal market in natural gas.

“It is the responsibility of all Member States to show solidarity towards the Energy Community in emergency cases and ensure that the most vulnerable people and services are protected.”