Polish PM launches roadshow for his EU energy union proposal
April 24, 2014
Donald Tusk and Herman van Rompuy
Prime Minister Donald Tusk is on a trip to Brussels, Paris and Berlin with an eye to advancing Poland's five-point plan for EU energy security, Tusk told reporters ahead of departure from Warsaw on Wednesday.
Tusk launched calls for an EU energy union in Tuesday's Financial Times, calling the plan a "return of the Union to its roots."
Tusk called early signals from European leaders "quite promising" despite certainty that Poland's energy security plan could hit a wide swath of corporate and even national interests throughout the European community.
The plan spans common EU energy commodity procurement to EU-funded infrastructure, increased energy commodity extraction, "solidarity mechanisms" for members in the event of a gas embargo blockade and supply diversification, with a special eye towards Australia and the US.
Tusk said that while elements of the plan, most notably liquified gas purchases to diversify supply, bear increased costs, plans to create joint purchases can counteract that price pressure.
The travel agenda began Wednesday with European Council president Herman van Rompuy in Brussels, French President Francois Hollande Thursday and German Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday.