MEPs back plans on emergency gas supply links

The EU Energy Committee has approved a draft law on emergency gas supply links between member states. It means that if a country faces an emergency gas shortage, it could call […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The EU Energy Committee has approved a draft law on emergency gas supply links between member states.

It means that if a country faces an emergency gas shortage, it could call on other member states for more supply through “corridors” that would link countries into seven “co-operation regions”.

The draft document aims to guarantee a “regional solidarity mechanism” between EU countries.

The MEPs also amended the draft proposal to ensure that supplying gas to households and essential services in the member state that has called for solidarity would take priority over providing it to any other category of consumers in the EU that is able to help the nation in need.

The Committee also approved a separate draft law that would require member states to notify the EU Commission when they negotiate energy supply deals with third parties.

It expects to start talks with the EU Council to agree on common legislative texts on these new draft laws soon.

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