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Adina Vălean, ENVI Chair in the European Parliament, at GIE annual conference: “We can’t electrify everything. It’s technologically impossible. We need gas”

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Romanian MEP Adina Vălean (PNL, PPE) delivered a speech at the 16th edition of the Gas Infrastructure Europe conference, where she stated that the development of the gas market in Europe is now needed as a way of transition to renewable energy.

The MEP said that she is involved in the development of European energy policies and is well aware of the situation.

 

“I am a person involved in gas policies in Europe for a long time at the European level in the European Parliament. I know how the debate in European policies impacting the gas industry evolved in Brussels. You know, after the crisis in Bulgaria we started talking about the security of supplies, we had reports to make sure we had the interconnections. This was something new for the debate in the European Parliament. But we evolved and we wanted to bring new finances tools for the interconnectors. This was the precursor of the Juncker Plan who wad all the idea  on how to put more financial instruments for financing big energy infrastructure projects. This was then, but in the parallel you know that the climate change policies developed at the European level developed very quickly and that the climate policies, the climate change mitigation, are the most provocative challenge nowadays”, Vălean said.

Moreover, Adina Vălean also discussed the diversification of sources and the role of gas in the transition process: “We developed a new set of policies in the run of reducing emissions. There are side effects because we say we have to reduce emissions with electricity. But how we produce this electricity? Some rushed in for clean energy policies which created downside effects. The first generation of biofuels if you remember was creating a sustainable use of land. We rushed into the denuclearisation which created a lot of hunger for coal in some countries and nowadays we are only talking about electric cars. How is electricity produced in order to be sustainable? I wanted to say that I am among those who do believe in the future of gas in the mix the European Union. It is essential for the transition to allow emission to drop. We can’t electrify everything. It’s technologically impossible. We need gas in the mix of gas and to cut on coal if we want to reduce drastically the emissions in the EU. I do believe that there are other technologies there who can support economies with slow emissions, but we need to keep everything in the mix at this stage. If we look at the gas market in Europe, I would say that we have other types of challenges like Brexit because this will entail the loss of the first liquid gas market in the EU. Other member states will have to take leadership and become committed and to provide expertise and advocacy for reliable and secure the neediness for supplying gas.”

Regarding Romania, the MEP said: “I do believe that my country is one of those who needed such a role of promoting a gas as a reliable source at the European level. We need convergence and I do believe that we have to develop more modern technologies so that gas to come more in the market to compensate the renewable energy when the wind stops blowing. We have to have smarts infrastructure. In the Eastern Europe we can create enough volume to have a viable market for gas. Of course, apart for infrastructure because without it this would be just talking. About the new gas reserve that was discovered in the Black Sea would transform the market in Romania in a very sustainable one. I am pleading for the both parts of the story, for the infrastructure and for the market. They cannot be at their full potential one without the other.”

MEP Adina Vălean is the chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and gave a keynote speech at the 16th edition of the Gas Infrastructure Europe Conference.

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MEP Vasile Blaga: We cannot achieve the green economy goal without gas and nuclear energy as transitional fuels

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MEP Vasile Blaga (PNL, EPP) argues that the goal of a green economy cannot be achieved without gas and nuclear energy as transition fuels. He also said it isimportant for Romania to support the European Commission’s proposal to include gas and nuclear energy on the list of transitional fuels.

According to the MEP, Romania, both through the voice of President Iohannis and Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă, has taken a position in favour of the European Commission’s proposal to include gas and nuclear energy on the list of transitional fuels.

“The context of the war in Ukraine, however, has given rise to voices in the European Parliament but also in other quarters who argue that the inclusion of gas in the delegated act would directly support Russia and its gas exports,” he added.

“It is an interpretation that creates a causal chain between two elements that are only circumstantially connected. The fact that gas is still considered a transition fuel to green energy does not mean that there is no gas other than that imported from Russia. Basically, the conflict in Ukraine is being used as an opportunity to reject a balanced and moderate vision of the transition to green energy”, said the Romanian MEP for www.caleaeuropeana.ro.

“Some colleagues who already had a position contrary to that of the Commission saw the conflict in Ukraine as an opportunity to argue. It is categorically false. We cannot achieve the goal of a green economy without gas and nuclear energy as transitional fuels. In any case, it is in Romania’s direct interest to support the European Commission’s proposal”, concluded MEP Vasile Blaga.

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MEP Vasile Blaga: Ukraine and Moldova will be part of the European family

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MEP Vasile Blaga (PNL, EPP) welcomes the fact that the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine have obtained the status of candidate states: “It represents the certainty that both will be members of the European Union, a huge step for the two candidate states, but also for the European Union.”

According to the MEP, the vote in the European Parliament and the decision in the Council say one thing: “the decisions are not symbolic gestures of consolation but certify that Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova will be part of the European family.”

He draws attention to the pro-Russian rhetoric that downplays the impact of these decisions: “To those who promote these ideas we say simply: the road of Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova is a one-way street. At the end of the road lies integration into the European Union. It is, of course, a road that will require sustained efforts on the part of both candidate countries, but also on the part of the EU institutions.”

“Romania has used all institutional means to ensure that the Republic of Moldova is not decoupled from Ukraine in this decision. It was vital that the two states were granted the status of candidates for EU membership as a package. This is an extraordinary outcome that is well worth mentioning”, he added.

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MEP Vasile Blaga supports a fair green transition for Romania: Gas and nuclear energy must be considered transitory

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MEP Vasile Blaga (PNL, EPP) reaffirms his support for a fair green transition for Romania, in which gas and nuclear energy are accepted in order to achieve the objectives set by the European Ecological Pact.

The European Parliament hosted yesterday, 30 May, a public hearing whose guests were several experts who debated, together with members of the two committees ECON and ENVI, the inclusion of gas and nuclear energy in the taxonomy of the European Union. Many of the opinions expressed push the debate towards a rejection of the European Commission’s proposal of March whereby nuclear energy and gas are considered, under certain conditions, green.

I reaffirm my support for the version proposed by the European Commission. There are many reasons why gas and nuclear energy should be considered transitional in order to achieve the objectives set by the European Green Pact. One of the reasons, and perhaps the most important one, relates to the realities on the ground in each Member State. France has a significant share of nuclear power, just as Germany is heavily dependent on gas. The decisions that the European Union needs to implement in order to achieve the objectives – already set and agreed by all Member States – need to be balanced first and foremost”, EPP MEP Vasile Blaga told European Way.

“Countries like Romania or Poland need a realistic transition towards the targets set by the Green Pact. Cohesion and solidarity in the European Union means that each Member State must take into account the other and, as a whole, decisions must not ignore any reality, be it further West or further East”, added the EPP MEP.

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