Meps Say EU Members Must Report Third Party Deals
Members of the European Parliament approved on March 2 the rules requiring EU member states to inform the EU Commission of their plans to negotiate energy supply deals with third countries before opening negotiations.
This is the first item of Energy Union legislation to be completed. “This legislation will ensure the energy security of the member states, creating effective ex-ante mechanisms for the European Commission to check draft agreements on gas and oil supplies, and to verify their compliance both with the EU law and with energy security needs,” said rapporteur Zdzisław Krasnodebski, an MEP from Poland whose draft text was approved by 542 votes to 87, with 19 abstentions.
“A clause in the final text allows for the inclusion of ex-ante verification mechanisms for electricity agreements, when the legislation is revised”, he added.
Krasnodebski asked the Commission “to be consistent and act with determination as regards its decisions on the OPAL gas pipeline and the controversial Nord Stream 2 project”.
An informal deal struck by Parliament and the Council in December 2016 stipulates that a member state entering into negotiations with a third country in order to amend or to conclude an intergovernmental agreement on energy must inform the EU Commission in writing before the start of the negotiations.
At present, member states are required to submit such agreements to the Commission only after signature.