MEP savages de Palacio power cuts response

Parliamentary rapporteur urges more efficiency, decentralised production, not new coal and nuclear stations

The European parliament's rapporteur on electricity liberalisation has launched a powerful attack on EU energy commissioner Loyola de Palacio over her response to the continent's recent spate of power cuts. In a paper on the blackouts and their implications Claude Turmes, a Green, describes Ms de Palacio's approach as "arrogant" and a "real threat to democracy" in Europe.

With the political shockwaves from the blackouts still spreading, Ms de Palacio this week pledged to put energy security issues at the heart of the next meeting of EU energy ministers in December. The Commission is to produce proposals in a communication due next month. Both it and the Italian presidency agreed that "urgent measures" are now needed.

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