Nord Stream consortium in a cross-fire of questions from EU parliamentarians

Nord Stream consortium in a cross-fire of questions from EU parliamentarians
Nord Stream consortium in a cross-fire of questions from EU parliamentarians
Brussels, 6 April 2016 
The European Parliament today hosted a debate on "Nord Stream 2 - Energy Union at the Crossroads", proposed and co-chaired by Jerzy Buzek MEP, chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. It was attended by European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič who gave the keynote speech as well as by representatives of Ukrainian government. It is for the first time that representatives of the Nord Stream 2 consortium were extensively questioned by members of the European Parliament. 
"Nord Stream 2 and Energy Union cannot coexist. The expansion of the pipeline strikes at the very heart of the Energy Union - it is against the idea of diversification of energy sources and supplies. It fundamentally endangers our energy security, and strengthens the monopoly of one gas supplier" - Jerzy Buzek said after the meeting. 
"The project raises many other concerns - from its effects on EU's neighbourhood policy to geopolitics to the environment. All these controversies have been discussed in today's debate. What was also stressed was Nord Stream 2's potential negative effect on the blue economy in the Baltic Sea".
 "It is a problem of the whole European Union and not just several Central and Eastern European countries. The project is being realized by an international consortium of which EU companies are part. It is very important that today representatives of the consortium took part in the debate in the European Parliament, in the presence of EC Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič. It is a political project, not a business one - and that is how it must be assessed" - Buzek added. 
Note for editors:
Jerzy Buzek has been an MEP since 2004, and served as the EP’s President from 2009 to 2012. Since 2014 he has been chairing the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.
He was rapporteur for the 7th Framework Programme on Research and Development, Strategic Energy Technologies Plan (SET-Plan) and the Internal Energy Market of the EU. He chaired a High-Level Reflection Group of the Energy Community which links the EU to the neighbourhood countries in the east and in Western Balkans. In 2010 Jerzy Buzek and Jacques Delors proposed the establishment of a European Energy Community, the priorities of which have been reflected in the pillars of the Energy Union. The EurActiv Institute recently proclaimed Jerzy Buzek one of the three personalities with the greatest influence on the establishment of the Energy Union. 
Since March 2016 he has been the EP's rapporteur for the regulation on security of gas supply.