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Ukraine crisis: Poland calls for an EU energy union

Published on Apr 2, 2014 12:54 AM

WARSAW (AFP) - Poland has begun campaigning in favour of an EU energy union in order to reduce the bloc's dependence on Russian supplies, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Tuesday.

"We're pursuing efforts both on the diplomatic front and on an expert level in Brussels," he told reporters, before laying out six concrete proposals.

"The Ukraine context... means that the question of energy independence, not just of Poland but of the entire continent, is starting to take on an importance that extends beyond the economic factor." The EU member, which shares a border with Ukraine and is Central Europe's largest economy, currently relies on imports, mainly from Russia, for two-thirds of the natural gas it consumes.

According to Tusk, 10 EU members are heavily dependent on Russian gas, including some whose reliance reaches 100 per cent.

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