Poland applauds proposed EU energy solidarity, transparency
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Poland is happy with the European Commission’s plan for an energy union, EU Minister Rafał Trzaskowski said on Wednesday.
The Polish government is happy with the proposal by the European Commission for closer cooperation between member states on energy policy, Trzaskowski said.
The plan is based on a proposal made originally by the then Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk who has since moved to Brussels as the president of the European Council.
The plan does not include Tusk’s key proposal for all EU members to jointly negotiate purchases of fossil fuels from external sources. The proposal was meant to undermine the divide-and-rule tactics of Russia’s Gazprom, which practices price discrimination based on the Kremlin’s political priorities.
Nevertheless, Trzaskowski said, “The Commission’s proposal accepts 90 percent of the Polish argument. It means greater energy solidarity and greater transparency in gas contracts.”
Under the proposal, individual member states would send their draft contracts for gas supplies to Brussels before signing, while the EU as a whole would boost energy infrastructure and encourage construction of interconnectors. (an)