There is no responsible climate policy without suitable energy infrastructure

2020. 02. 12.

The European Parliament’s plenary session voted on the list of projects of common interest (PCI). Fidesz MEP András Gyürk emphasized that the list constitutes an important step towards an energy transition that neither leads to a price increase in consumer energy- and food prices, nor erodes the competitiveness of the European economy.

András Gyürk welcomed the fact that the list features a record number of renewable energy projects and the investment in natural gas infrastructure, which is essential for the Central European region. „The Danube InGrid project is particularly important as it aims to integrate more renewables to the distribution grid in Hungary”, underlined the Fidesz MEP.

„The completion of the projects on the PCI-list by 2025 would result in an integrated European energy market which would simultaneously contribute to climate protection and enhance the security of supply and competitiveness of Member States. Therefore the realization of PCIs in Hungary is an important national priority” – pointed out the EPP Group MEP. 

During the weeks-long debate on the topic, some Hungarian opposition MEPs took a position against the list. Momentum MEP Katalin Cseh actively participated in the anti-natural gas campaign lead by American actors and called for multiple times to reject the list. Today on the plenary vote MEPs from Momentum, DK and Jobbik parties have all voted against the PCI-list.

„In about 50% of Hungarian households the heating is natural gas-based. Therefore, the Hungarian opposition MEPs have threatened with their votes the access to affordable and secure energy for more than half of Hungary’s population. This is completely unacceptable. For the Fidesz-KDNP delegation to the European Parliament the interests of Hungarian people and real climate protection are the first and foremost priorities, not Hollywood or catchy slogans”, concluded András Gyürk.