9th European Business Summit – Europe in the world: Leading or lagging?: extracts from session 6 with the participation of Günther Oettinger
Type: Speech - summary
End production: 18/05/2011 First transmission: 18/05/2011
On 18 May 2011, Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy participated in the debate on "EU-Russia and Ukraine - Towards a pan-European market" on the occasion of the 9th European Business Summit 2011.
The 9th European Business Summit (EBS) – edition 2011 - focused on Europe’s place in the global economy, today and tomorrow. In which areas is the EU lagging behind and what are the business opportunities where it can regain the lead? How can Europe move from lagging to leading and ride the new waves of growth?
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||Soundbite by Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy (in ENGLISH): so we have envisioned developing in the next 10 to 20 years a real pan European infrastructure for electricity, and for gas. This energy Europe is not EU 27, it includes Ukraine and Russia, it includes Turkey, Georgia, Moldavia, it includes the Mediterranean region, the Maghreb zone, and it includes West Balkan States.
||Soundbite by Günther Oettinger (in ENGLISH): it is in my interest to come to a general understanding, a general agreement with the Russian partners, and not to solve all problems in a concrete case. We need a general understanding. Next point is: what is the function of the Ukraine? Let me say very clearly, North stream, South stream, are the infrastructures to need not so much transit capacities, to old pipelines to the Ukraine. So it is in my interest to come to trilateral partnership because I think the Ukraine is in the interest of Russia and the EU as well. And energy should be one sector for common growth and development and not to avoid transit through the Ukraine by bypasses which bring the whole volume from Russian supply to the UE.
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