Concerns over recent gas crisis

There is one issue not yet men­tioned in the spe­cif­ic sec­tions above that has been dis­cussed quite promi­nent­ly in recent months in rela­tion to the Euro­pean Union. This is the EU role regard­ing the gas con­flict between Ukraine and Rus­sia. With regard to this dis­pute, the observers sent by the EU and the effects for EU mem­ber states, like Bul­gar­ia and Hun­gary, were most often referred to.[1] Although the Nether­lands was not direct­ly affect­ed, it promised its Euro­pean part­ners to increase its gas pro­duc­tion by 10 per­cent (if proven pos­si­ble technically).[2] It also offered tech­ni­cal exper­tise on how to mea­sure gas tran­sits. For the future, the Nether­lands con­sid­ers it impor­tant to improve the secu­ri­ty of sup­ply posi­tion of the Euro­pean Union. It con­sid­ers the first respon­si­bil­i­ty with regard to secu­ri­ty of sup­ply lies with the mem­ber states, which have to be smart with regard to keep­ing ener­gy stocks, diver­si­fy­ing sources, and so on.




[1] Trouw: EU kan niet om gas­con­flict heen (EU can­not ignore gas con­flict), 7 Jan­u­ary 2009; NRC Han­dels­blad: EU worstelt met zijn rol in gascri­sis, 8 Jan­u­ary 2009.
[2] Maria J.A. van der Hoeven (Min­is­ter for Eco­nom­ic Affairs): Ver­slag extra Energier­aad 12 jan­u­ari 2009 gas­con­flict Oekraïne-Rus­land (report of the extra Ener­gy Coun­cil meet­ing on the Ukraine-Rus­sia gas con­flict), 23 January.