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Brussels, 8 April 2014
Gas Coordination Group and Roundtable on Security of Supply with Gas Industry
EU Energy Commissioner Oettinger chaired a meeting of the Gas Coordination Group as well as a Roundtable on Security of Supply with gas industry representatives today in Brussels.
The purpose of both meetings was to take stock of the supply situation in different Member States and to discuss possible measures to guarantee secure gas supplies in a coordinated manner, both on a short and mid-term perspective.
The meetings have been convened against the background of the March European Council, where the Commission committed to conduct an in-depth study of EU energy security and to present by June 2014 a comprehensive plan for the reduction of EU energy dependence.
The Gas Coordination Group is an official expert group composed of gas experts from governments and European associations and has been created by the Security of Gas Supply Regulation to coordinate the individual actions of Member States related to gas security of supply.
At the subsequent Roundtable on Security of Supply, companies and associations from the gas sector discussed what the appropriate reactions to the current security of supply challenges should be from an industry perspective. Given Ukraine's role as a transit country for EU gas supply, a delegation from Ukraine led by Energy Minister Prodan participated in the Roundtable. Participants acknowledged that recent developments, notably in improving gas infrastructure, have significantly improved the position of several EU Member States. The participants stressed that the internal energy market is the backbone of EU's security of gas supply and the decisive role that industry plays in this respect.
It has further been acknowledged by all participants that the flexibility on the gas market should contribute to enhance the security of supply in Europe and that the role of storage and alternative domestic production sources need to be carefully explored in this respect.
The Gas Coordination Group and the gas industry representatives expressed their willingness to contribute to the on-going work of the European Commission in preparing the in-depth study on energy security and to follow-up on today's meeting where required.