The UK Energy Minister, Charles Hendry MP, is to outline the country’s opposition to new EU regulations on power during his keynote speech at a special Oil & Gas UK seminar.

Mr Hendry’s speech on Monday will focus on the European Commission’s (EC) proposals to take overall regulatory control of offshore safety.

Charles Hendry
Charles Hendry is already quoted as saying: “The UK welcomes the Commission’s intent to improve offshore safety and environmental protection throughout Europe.

“However I strongly oppose their use of a Regulation to achieve this aim.  A Regulation will require significant amendments to be made to UK legislation. My view is that a Directive would be a better approach. It will allow each Member State to choose the most appropriate legislative regime, while also ensuring high standards in the oil and gas industry can be equally enforced across the Union.”

Oil & Gas UK has spoken about against the proposals.

They maintain that moving regulatory control away from the highly experienced and competent North Sea Regulators over to Brussels, which has no such experience or competence, would result in the opposite of its intended aim and weaken offshore safety.

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