Southern gas pipeline to become a priority

Feb 07, 2009 01:00 AM

After discussing the report on the Second Strategic Energy Review in Strasburg on February 3, Members of the European Parliament voted a decision for future amendments to the 2004 Directive on the security of gas deliveries.
The text of the proposal for amendments will have to be prepared by the European Commission. It will be part of the agenda of the European Council to take place on March 19 and 20 where EU leaders will discuss the Community's future energy strategy.

The Parliament supports the projects for diversification of energy sources and routes for their deliveries, in particular Nabucco, the Turkey-Greece-Italy gas pipeline, as well as South Stream.
In a long-term perspective Brussels eyes deliveries from other Caspian countries such as Uzbekistan and Iran as additional energy sources for the Union.

MEPs also believe that additional capacities for handling liquid gas are to be developed, while all EU member states should have the right for equal access to liquid gas installations and terminals.
MEPs appealed also for opening of the European Energy Community to third countries, as well as for the establishment of new regional energy markets such as, for instance, an Euro-Mediterranean energy community that could vouch for the security of the energy deliveries.

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