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Szymanski: We have an asset in our negotiations with Gazprom

10 September 2013

Szymanski: We have an asset in our negotiations with Gazprom

Today the European Parliament adopted a report on the European internal energy market.

We are pleased to have pushed through our amendments on the elimination of unfavourable pricing mechanisms, price indexing of oil and gas as well as our demands for rigorous application of liberalisation laws relating to the production and transit of gas to Europe. These provisions will help us in future negotiations with Gazprom. During the voting, we rejected a proposal to introduce a compulsory levy on energy consumption.” – said ECR shadow rapporteur Konrad Szymanski.

Today the European Parliament adopted a report on the European internal energy market.

Konrad Szymanski represented the ECR group during negotiations over the final content of the report

With the amendments pushed through by the European Conservatives, this report provides a number of positive signals.

We expect pressure from regulators for the elimination of price mechanisms in the gas market, based on outdated references to oil prices. Today’s mechanism is favourable to the giants, who do not seek a flexible gas consumer market.

We want a firm application of the third energy package to all foreign investors in the Union. The European Commission should critically examine the so far granted exemptions from these rules.

However, a lack of reference to the role of unconventional gas in Europe is a major drawback of the report. This political correctness imposed by the left ridicules the Parliament. Today, unconventional gas is the largest factor for future changes in the world.

I totally disagree with the attempts to introduce a further ‘European’ taxation on energy. Further payments for consumers are the worst possible signal that we can send to individuals and industry. They already pay enough for European experiments in the energy sector. ” [During the vote, at the request of the ECR Group, this proposal was ultimately rejected.]

Selected sections of the report:

30. Stresses, in this regard, that the rules of the third energy package should be applied fully to both European and foreign companies; believes that any exemptions from these rules granted by the Commission should be limited in their scope and length of application, and be subject to review by Parliament and the Council;

75. Calls on the Commission and the Member States, with regard to the internal gas market, to review all gas contracts based on obsolete pricing mechanisms – in particular the oil indexation principle – that impose high prices on the consumers, and urges the Commission to assist in exploring the possibilities of renegotiating these contracts, not only in the context of their prolongation; stresses the need to develop and support all products and mechanisms aimed at strengthening short-term gas trading capacities; underlines that the aforementioned measures are crucial for ensuring real competitiveness when it comes to the price of supplying gas to all consumers on the internal gas market.

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