Source: European Parliament
Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine highlights the need for EU Member States, and Germany in particular, to quickly end their dependence on coal, oil and gas imports from Russia. In order to maintain the EU’s energy security – discounting coal, oil and gas from Russia – all available options must now be considered, without prejudging the outcome of the process, and the alternatives opted for must be pursued. As regards energy imports, there should be broad diversification of countries of origin and energy sources. The agreement with the United States on the supply of additional volumes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 2022 and beyond should be seen in that context. For LNG to contribute to greater energy security across the EU, a functioning EU-wide LNG infrastructure is needed.
1. What efforts is the Commission making to speed up regulatory procedures for issuing and reviewing licences for LNG import infrastructure facilities and associated pipelines?
2. How does the Commission intend to ensure that LNG terminals in the EU are interconnected more effectively and that gas pipeline systems are swiftly expanded in order to improve security of supply in the EU?
3. Does the Commission intend to work towards establishing a clear EU-wide framework for the handling and storage of large volumes of hydrogen and its derivatives?