Policy & Regulation

‘Solidarity law’ signals Energy Union breakthrough

The EU’s solidarity principle, intended to provide mutual support in the event of a supply crisis, has received informal backing from key EU bodies The EU’s solidarity principle, intended to provide mutual support in the event of a supply crisis, has received informal backing from key EU bodies.
By Andreas Walstad 3 May 2017 0 25723
Jerzy Buzek, centre, is rapporteur of the proposed ‘solidarity law’. (European Parliament)

The EU’s vision of an Energy Union has taken a step closer to reality after a proposed ‘solidarity law’ last week secured informal backing from the European Parliament and the Council of the EU. 

The revised security of supply gas regulation 994/2010 is one of several law changes that Brussels is pressing through to strengthen the bloc’s energy security in the wake of the 2006 and 2009 supply crises. 

The solidarity principle means that, in the event of a supply crisis, sending gas to households and...