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EU Gas Co-ordination Group

Volume 454: debated on Thursday 14 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the (a) function, (b) constitution and (c) budget of the EU Gas Co-ordination Group is for 2006-07. (108371)

The function of the EU Gas Co-ordination Group is to facilitate the co-ordination of security of supply measures in the case of a major gas supply disruption. This is defined as a situation where the EU risks losing more than 20 per cent. of its gas supply from third countries and the situation cannot be managed using national measures. It also has a role in collecting and providing information on the current and future security of supply situation in the EU and identifying and discussing problems affecting security of gas supply. It has no powers to direct member states or their companies to take any measures, e.g. release gas supplies, in an emergency. The group comprises representatives of member states, gas producers, gas suppliers, gas transporters, gas consumers and electricity generators. The group has no budget.