European Commission had ‘no choice’ over support for new gas projects

The European Commission has been forced onto the defensive as MEPs questioned the number of gas projects included in a draft list of priority energy infrastructure projects published this week

The European Commission has been forced onto the defensive as MEPs questioned the number of gas projects included in a draft list of priority energy infrastructure projects published this week.

Apparently anticipating criticism, deputy director general for energy Klaus-Dieter Borchardt opened a presentation of the EU's fourth Projects of Common Interest (PCI) list by stressing the ratio of electricity and smart grid projects to gas had risen from 2:1 to 3:1.

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