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Simson dodges questions on EU gas security

The candidate to be the new EU energy commissioner stressed the European Commission’s intention to support renewable gases but avoided questions on Russian gas dependence during Thursday’s hearing with MEPs The candidate to be the new EU energy commissioner stressed the European Commission’s intention to support renewable gases but avoided questions on Russian gas dependence during Thursday’s hearing with MEPs.
By Anna Gumbau 3 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation 0 34647
Kadri Simson, commissioner-designate for energy, at her committee hearing. (EP)

The EU commissioner-designate for energy, Kadri Simson, signalled her intention to ‘future-proof’ Europe’s gas grid and explore the potential of hydrogen and renewable gases during Thursday’s hearing with MEPs in the European Parliament. However, Simson failed to address Europe’s security of supply challenges and high dependence on gas imports.

The questions put by MEPs signalled a division between those who demand more ambitious climate action and a ‘Green New Deal’ for the EU, and those more worried about the potential...