The European Parliament is set to vote on Europe’s strategic energy infrastructures as part of the so-called Union list of Projects of Common Interest (PCI). It is the first time the Parliament will be able to give its opinion on the important topic of how Europe gets its energy.
Commenting ahead of the vote Monica Frassoni and Reinhard Bütikofer said:
“The EU is making a big mistake by blindly rubber stamping a very high number of gas projects including TAP pipeline, Midcat, and Eridan, as part of the Projects of Common Interest.
Our view is that this is a mistake on a par with the approval of the Turin-Lyon tunnel, which was deemed to be both damaging to the environment and not in the public interest. The project has also swallowed up over one billion euros of public money.
By approving the list of Projects of Common Interest Europe is tacitly confirming its reliance on fossil fuels for decades to come. It also flies in the face of its commitment to the Paris agreement.