Cen­tral Euro­pean na­tions op­pose Rus­sian-Ger­man gas pipe­line

Malta Independent - - BUSINESS -

Four Cen­tral Euro­pean na­tions are united in op­pos­ing a pipe­line that would de­liver nat­u­ral gas di­rectly from Rus­sia to Ger­many be­cause it would harm Europe’s abil­ity to cre­ate an ef­fi­cient en­ergy sys­tem, Poland’s pres­i­dent said Satur­day.

Pres­i­dent An­drzej Duda de­scribed the Nord Stream 2 pro­ject, which would by­pass tra­di­tional tran­sit pipe­lines in Ukraine and Slo­vakia, as hav­ing “no eco­nomic jus­ti­fi­ca­tion,” de­scrib­ing it as a po­lit­i­cal pro­ject im­ple­mented by Gazprom on be­half of Rus­sia.

All four pres­i­dents agreed that an ef­fi­cient en­ergy union means one that will en­sure com­pet­i­tive en­ergy sup­plies in Europe, com­bined with a “real di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of sources of gas sup­plies,” Duda said, ac­cord­ing to a re­port from the Pol­ish news agency PAP.

Duda spoke in Rzes­zow, south­ern Poland, on the last day of a two-day meet­ing with the pres­i­dents of Hun­gary, Czech Repub­lic and Slo­vakia.

Known as the Viseg­rad Four, these na­tions, with a com­mon his­tory of shak­ing off com­mu­nism and join­ing Euro­pean Union and NATO, meet reg­u­larly to forge com­mon po­si­tions where they can.

In the last year, they have op­posed an EU plan to im­pose oblig­a­tory mi­grant quo­tas on mem­ber states.

Duda said the four also op­pose ef­forts by some EU states to cre­ate greater union, fa­vor­ing the idea of a union made up of strong na­tion states.

“We all want a Europe of home­lands, but at the same time we ab­so­lutely can­not imag­ine our home­lands with­out Europe,” Duda said. “We want to speak with one voice about is­sues that are com­mon and most im­por­tant to us.”

He also re­it­er­ated the group’s op­po­si­tion to mi­grant quo­tas, and said its pref­er­ence for “flex­i­ble sol­i­dar­ity” — each na­tion of­fer­ing what it can to help the mi­grant cri­sis — is be­gin­ning to gain sup­port else­where in the EU.

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