New Council President Donald Tusk is a proponent of a European Energy Union, aimed at achieving more independence from Russia. It is difficult to imagine a more devoted advocate of progress in this area than Tusk, Jerzy Buzek, MEP and former President of the European Parliament, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
In 2009, I was fighting for the Lisbon project, our new form of constitution [at that time the Irish referendum and the position of the then Czech President Vaclav Klaus were seen as a possible obstacle for the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty]. Because there is a text about solidarity in the energy field, and that was the basis of my initiative for a European Energy Community….
And I raised the idea – it’s actually very simple – of a single energy market, with all the cross-border connections for electricity and gas and open trade in the European Union. Second, I was also an author of the so-called Strategic Energy Technology plan, the SET plan for the EU.
I was also rapporteur for the Single Market for energy, and in September 2013, I presented my report [Making the European Energy Market Work] to the European Parliament.
Now we can say that the Energy Union has the same goals as the Energy Community.