Letter to the European Commission – Gas and Ukraine15. März 2022
Brussels, 15 March 2022
Dear President von der Leyen,
Dear Commissioner McGuinness,
While the number of Ukrainian civilians who are displaced, injured or worse, reaches millions, the European Union continues to send money to Russia for the provision of gas. Our dependency on Russian gas funds Putin’s war and enables the attacks on the Ukrainian people, its historic cities and the principle of sovereign self-determination that we hold dear.
Your Commission, Member States and this Parliament are clear. We welcome your plan to make Europe independent from Russian fossil fuels. This stands in stark contrast with the proposal to incentivise investments in fossil gas through the Taxonomy Regulation which was decided by your Commission before the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We should transition away from fossil gas, and avoid the increase in its use through the construction of new gas plants. This Delegated Act does the exact opposite.
We were therefore surprised to see that in your REPowerEU plan, this Delegated Act was left untouched. Withdrawing the Delegated Act will increase the focus of investments on truly sustainable energy sources and thereby increase our energy independency. Maintaining the Delegated Act, on the other hand, will only further increase our dependency on gas and our reliance on Russian imports. This would undermine the effectiveness of the REPowerEU plan which we need to succeed.
There is a clear need to end our reliance on Russian gas and transition to renewable sources. Therefore, we demand the Commission to withdraw the Complementary Delegated Act.
Alica Bah Kuhnke
Antoni Comin I Oliveres
Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová
Fabio Massima Castaldo
Kira Marie Peter-Hansen
Kathleen van Brempt
Kim van Sparrentak