Debate in the European Parliament
April 8, 2016 | Brussels | For Nord Stream 2 transparent dialogue and the exchange of views with stakeholders is an indispensable part of the project.
For this reason the consortium is always ready to participate in any relevant setting, especially to communicate the project’s long-term contribution to supply security.
On 6 April 2016 Nord Stream 2 accepted the invitation of four Members of the European Parliament to a public debate in Brussels on “Nord Stream 2 – The Energy Union at the crossroads”. The event consisted of two panels: the first discussion focused on the political aspects in the context of the EU’s Energy Union plans (“Nord Stream 2 – A critical challenge for the Energy Union”), while the second one was meant to deal with the environmental and economic aspects of Nord Stream 2 (“Nord Stream 2 – Impact on European economy and environment”).
The event was organised by Jerzy Buzek MEP (EPP, PL), former Polish Prime Minister and Chair of the European Parliament’s Industry, Energy and Research (ITRE) Committee, Flavio Zanonato MEP (S&D, IT), Petras Auštrevičius MEP (ALDE, LT), and Rebecca Harms MEP (Greens/EFA, DE). European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič provided the keynote speech.
Ulrich Lissek, Head of Communications of Nord Stream 2, presented the project’s economic rationale and Nord Stream’s stellar environmental track record in the first debate. This panel also included contributions from Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolyev and Deputy Ukrainian Energy Minister Igor Didenko, as well as Didier Seeuws, responsible for energy matters in the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU.
The second panel consisted of Alan Riley, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, Manon Dufuor from the environmental association E3G, and Peter Kaderjak from the Hungarian Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research. Here Nord Stream 2 actively participated in the Q&A.
The event was well-attended, by many Members of the European Parliament, national energy experts, academics and journalists, showing the great importance EU officials and stakeholders attach to the project.
Lissek highlighted the business rationale for Nord Stream 2, explained the EU’s need for additional gas imports and Nord Stream’s best-in-class stakeholder engagement and environmental footprint. He also called for a fact-based exchange of views on the merits of the project instead of politicised debate.
Following the event, Nord Stream 2 agreed to continue the dialogue with several interested audience members and guests. First reports about the event can be found here: