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Germany: Energy

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his German counterpart on a common EU energy policy; and what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the German undersea pipeline from Russia to Germany with that policy. (242469)

The EU recognises the need for a coherent energy policy. The Commission has recently published its Second Strategic Energy Review identifying as priorities diversification of energy sources and supply, infrastructure and energy efficiency. The UK welcomes this document as an important step in ensuring a cohesive EU position on energy security and looks forward to the adoption of an action plan at the Spring European Council.

Discussions about the action plan take place at official and ministerial level, multilaterally and bilaterally, including with Germany. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs regularly covers climate and energy issues when he meets or phones his German counterpart, Foreign Minister Steinmeier.

The proposed Nord Stream pipeline from Russia to Germany is a commercial venture. In the long term Nord Stream could potentially help diversify the EU's routes of energy supplies, one of the key priorities identified in the Strategic Energy Review.