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Europe After The Lisbon Treaty. Strategies for the Future

Janusz Steinho, Senior Advise , Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Poland

A n important declaration connected to the above was made by Walde- mar Pawlak who tried to calm down the exaggerated enthu- siasm of some participants and stated that we will be able to talk about real shale gas depo- sits in Poland not earlier than in a year’s time when drilling has been performed and the results subjected to analysis. If the assumptions regarding deposits of this gas in Poland are true its exploitation on an industrial scale may follow in 7-10 years’ time.

egardless of whether we will become independent from Russian gas in the future or not, we need new infrastructure ensuring energy security now. A common problem is that many contracts with Gazprom include a clause which forbids Poland to re-export gas. This issue was mentioned by, among others, the Deputy Minister of the Treasury Mikołaj Budzanowski. This provision is against EU law and, therefore, it should be revised. Changing it or withdrawing from it will allow free gas trade between particular distributors, and the building of interconnectors, for instance, with Germany will make sense. The prospect of building gas connections with Poland is important for Lithu- ania, to which it will be possible to send gas from the terminal in Świnoujście. Minister of Energy in Lithuania, Arvydas Sekmo- kas, gave assurances in Krynica that this idea is supported by Brussels. It is not only a declara- tion but a declaration followed by concrete nancial resources. R

O ther resources will be obtained within the fra- mework of, for instance, the European plan for reconstruction. Deividas Matulionis, head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Lithuania expressed his satisfaction with activities underta- ken on the Polish side in this respect and addend that Lithuania now pays Gazprom Vladimir Feygin, Managing Directo , Foundation Institute of Energy and Finance, Russia


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