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Energy Security Conference
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European Energy Community—guarantee of energy security and efficiency in the 21st century in Europe
June 17, 2010   
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Prof. Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament: At the beginning of this month we celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration adopted on May 9, 1950. It led to a Copernican revolution in how politics was conducted in Europe. No longer do we speak with one another using the language of violence and war. Cooperation and negotiations is what Europe decided to embrace. To great effect.

Schuman decided to build the new community on the basis of pooling sovereignty in the field of coal and steel. Those resources had a tremendous strategic meaning in those days. Sixty years have passed and we face a similar challenge: today the supply of reliable, affordable and sustainable energy has a similar strategic meaning. For this reason, together with Jacques Delors, the former President of the European Commission, we decided to adopt a political declaration on the issue. The field of energy is one of the priorities of my mandate as President of the European Parliament.

Together with Jacques Delors, we jointly urge the creation of a European Energy Community. We propose to go back to the roots of the European project. We need a stronger and deeper common energy policy for Europe.

Europeans may not understand all the details of geopolitics; yet they do understand when their heating is turned off in schools, hospitals and homes. This has been a recent experience in Bulgaria and Slovakia in 2009.

That is why a new European Energy Community should be based on the principle of solidarity. It this context, we should enhance research on new sources of energy, pool, administer and diversify our energy supply capacities and routes as well as act as a purchasing community on the global energy markets. Achieving this will guarantee energy security in the European Union. It will also keep energy costs at a reasonable level, necessary to preserve the competitiveness of the European Union.

Finally, we need a radical shift in the way we produce and consume energy. It is essential for climate protection and for the sustainable and reliable energy supply for coming generations. In the declaration, together with Jacques Delors we state, “Europe cannot afford to wait indefinitely, if its citizens are to continue to believe in the European ideal. On our European birthday, let us have the courage of our convictions. Let us now create a European Energy Community.”
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