EU Energy Policy

EU braces for first winter of gas ‘solidarity law’

New rules obliging EU countries to share gas in emergency situations will apply from this winter following a vote in the European Parliament New rules obliging EU countries to share gas in emergency situations will apply from this winter following a vote in the European Parliament.
By Andreas Walstad 13 September 2017 0 27553
Jean-Claude Juncker delivers the State of the Union address Jean-Claude Juncker addresses the parliament. (European Parliament)

EU member states will be obliged to share gas in crisis situations from this winter onwards after the ‘solidarity law’ passed its last legislative hurdle on Tuesday. 

The revised security of supply gas regulation 994/2010 was backed by a clear majority of 567 MEPs in a plenary session in Strasbourg. The Council of the EU – which is co-legislator on the file – has already informally approved the text and is expected to formally adopt it within weeks.  

“There will be no further discussions....