The Parliamentary Committee on Energy was on Wednesday the scene of strong criticism to the address of Energy Minister Marie Christine Marghem (MR). The reason was an exchange of views on the Energy Pact and the associated nuclear exit, which the Michel government does not agree with. The tone during that debate was often quite a bit. On the agenda of the committee was first an explanation of the three studies on the consequences of the nuclear trip in 2025 that ended up on the table during the last few weeks. They brought little news. They only confirmed that it is a pretty short day to provide the necessary gas-fired power stations to accommodate the trip.
However, Minister Marghem announced a new legal study with which she will go to the European Commission. This must complement a study on the compensation mechanism for electricity production (CRM). Because Europe has already examined projects from other member states, Marghem expects that not too much time will be lost.
However, it was in the exchange of views that the tone hardened. Several MPs reminded the minister that the Energy Pact should actually have been there in 2015. Marghem pointed out, however, that the provinces also played a role in this and counted on the "proactivity" of Flanders to approve the pact.
On the opposition banks Marghem was accused of delaying the nuclear exit just by the hand plays. "I hope the prime minister makes an effort to go faster," said Karin Temmerman (sp.a). The criticism was played on the man at a certain point. "Today you are sabotaging the nuclear exit", Kristof Calvo (Groen) exclaimed. "Your policy is a white sheet. Prime Minister Michel will not be so stupid to reappoint you in 2019, but we will still bear the consequences. You have to get rid of this file ", was it.
On the support of coalition partners CD & V and Open Vld, the minister did not have to count. This is a result of the strong outburst towards Leen Dierick (CD & V) and Egbert Lachaert (Open Vld) recently launched by the minister. Dierick made it clear that she was not amused about the outage and regularly distributed pinpricks. Lachaert simply sent his cat to the exchange of views. The fact that there were no apologies from the minister was not of such a nature as to create a lot of goodwill.