Security of gas supply

Industry Committee

About one quarter of all the energy used in the EU is natural gas, and many EU countries import nearly all their supplies. Some of these countries are also heavily reliant on a single source or a single transport route for the majority of their gas. Disruptions along this route caused by infrastructure failure or political disputes can endanger supplies. For instance, the gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine in 2009 disrupted supplies to some EU countries.

The Regulation on security of gas supply replaces the previous regulation of 2010 to improve security of gas supply in the EU. This regulation is a preventive measure in an event of severe gas supply disruption.As a Shadow Rapporteur, Pavel Telička tabled number of amendments calling for marked-based approach in providing help to member states affected by the supply crisis, clarifying the procedure of providing solidarity and aiming at limiting dependency on external resources. During the negotiations Pavel Telička was very active member of the team allowing the three institutions to reach an agreement on the final text. The new Regulation entered into force on 1 November 2017.

The new rules require EU countries to work together in regional groups to assess the potential for disruption to their gas supplies and agree on joint actions to prevent or mitigate the consequences. In accordance with a new 'solidarity principle', they will also need to be ready to help neighbouring countries guarantee the provision of gas to vulnerable consumers in the event of an extreme shortage. This will reduce the risk of dependency on external sources.

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