MEPs threaten veto on fossil fuel projects

MEPs have started a procedure to reject a list of energy infrastructure projects which would give fast-track status and potential access to EU funding – because too many projects relate to natural gas, a fossil fuel.

“No more support should be given today to fossil fuel projects,” said campaigner Antoine Simon of the Friends of the Earth Europe group, which welcomed the move. If the list does receive a veto from the European Parliament, the European Commission will have to come up with a replacement, which in turn could delay key energy projects across to the bloc.

The list in question is the so-called ‘Projects of Common Interest’ (PCI) list, which was adopted in 2013, amended in 2015, and now again is proposed to change. EU governments are required to give projects that receive the PCI status preferential treatment, for example when processing a permit request…

Read more : EUObserver, 29.01.2018