European Parliament green-lights new gas projects

MEPs have voted against a motion opposing the European Commission’s list of cross-border infrastructure projects eligible for EU support, quashing objections from campaign groups and political parties that the inclusion of 55 fossil gas projects undermines climate commitments.

The motion to object to the fourth list of  ‘projects of common interest’ (PCIs), published by the commission in October 2019, was backed by 166 MEPs, with 443 against and 36 abstentions. The vote was the last opportunity for the parliament to object to the list in its entirety. 

In the explanation of votes, Sylvia Modig of the leftist GUE/NGL group, said the lawmakers’ decision “runs counter to the Paris Agreement”. “We are talking about using gas during the transition period, but we are talking about investments which will last for 40-50 years. That’s not a transition period”.

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