European Parliament backs EU support for gas projects

MEPs on a key parliamentary committee have overwhelmingly opposed a move to block an EU 'projects of common interest' (PCI) list despite a last-minute push by campaigners and progressive lawmakers who see EU backing for more gas infrastructure as incompatible with the bloc’s climate goals.

Only 17 members of the European Parliament's industry and energy committee backed on Wednesday a motion – proposed by the Greens, and endorsed by a group of S&D, Renew and GUE lawmakers – to reject the 4th PCI list, which was published at the end of October.

The proposal to veto the list – which includes five LNG terminals and a plethora of gas pipeline projects – was rejected by 54 MEPs, while two abstained.

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