Poland sees EU support for most of its energy market proposals - PM
May 22, 2014
Polish PM Donald Tusk and European Council president Herman Van Rompuy
Poland sees support for major parts of its "energy union" proposal within the EU, but still has to work on consensus for joint natural gas purchases or other mechanisms that would reduce natural gas price differences within the EU, PM Donald Tusk said after a meeting in Brussels with European Council president Herman Van Rompuy.
"We are still working on how to understand the idea of joint purchases as that issue raises strongest emotions and contention," Tusk said.
"The remaining points of the Polish proposal are basically accepted."
"However, it will take us all a certain time to decide on what mechanisms and tools to use for prices in Europe to be more uniform, for those negotiations to be of a more community character, for Europe to buy more reasonably and more cheaply," Tusk added.
At present, the differences in gas prices within Europe reach 40%, Tusk said.
The Polish government hopes that the European Commission proposals for achieving energy independence will be as close as possible to the Polish proposals, Tusk added.
Polish proposals for EU's greater energy independence included building up transit infrastructure, diversification of supplies, developing own energy sources, including shale gas and "rehabilitation" of coal, solidarity mechanisms within the EU in case of supply shortages and joint natural gas purchases.