Energy: EU will fund GALSI, pending environmental measures

GALSI in line with EU energy needs, petitions committee says

22 January, 19:53

(ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, JANUARY 22 - The planned Algeria-Sardinia-Italy gas pipeline (GALSI) is in line with EU energy needs, but the consortium behind the pipeline will have to prove EU environmental guidelines are followed properly before getting European financing, MEPs at a petitions committee debate at the European Commission said Tuesday.

This follows on a complaint by ProSardegnaNoGasdotto, a Sardinian committee against the proposed pipeline that would bisect the pristine island, of a ''strong discrepancy'' between EU energy needs and the amount of financing GALSI requested.

EU experts replied that the pipeline is needed, but financing will be withheld pending ''notification of measures adopted'' to protect the environment. (ANSAmed).

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