1 August 2014
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Karol Adam Karski (ECR)
Subject: Achieving energy independence through shale gas extraction technology
Launching the European science and technology network, whose purpose is to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and research on extracting unconventional hydrocarbons, is not enough if we are to take full advantage of this field of technology which has the potential to make Europe considerably less energy dependent.
1. Does the Commission have a specific plan to support research and development in the area of shale gas exploration and extraction technology? On what assumptions is this plan based?
2. In the current geopolitical climate (increasingly unstable relations with the Russian Federation), what strategic significance does the possible extraction of shale gas have for Europe if it has the potential to meet part of our energy needs? Will this strengthen relations with the American public and commercial organisations which are at the forefront of research in this field?
3. Can the Commission compile a list of actions which Poland could take in order to obtain particular support for researchers in the Central European countries working on this extraction technology, given that this is the geographical region most at risk of energy instability in the current international climate? What kind of suggestions would it make?
Original language of question: PL
Last updated: 12 August 2014