Polish PM: EU needs energy union for security of gas supplies
March 31, 2014
Poland's PM Donald Tusk
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk Saturday called on the EU to form an energy union to boost Europe’s energy security and reduce its dependence on the major gas supplier – Russia, after its military intervention and annexation of Ukraine's Crimea.
“Taking into account the danger of potential gas crisis, Europe should establish more effective mechanism for ‘gas solidarity’ in the event of a crisis in gas deliveries,” Tusk said at a cornerstone laying ceremony for a new coal-fired power block in Tychy, southern Poland.
According to Tusk the Pan-European energy should be based on the radical diversification of energy sources, the "rehabilitation" of coal as a valid energy source, increasing shale gas exploration and considering liquid gas imports from the United States.
Polish PM also called for increasing the level of EU funding of installations, which will make “energy solidarity” possible.
He said he would like the EU to provide up to 75% of the funds for the necessary gas infrastructure, including pipelines and interconnectors between member states.
Another element of energy union would be “the common EU purchasing” of gas from outside suppliers to secure fair prices.