Opinion – Cyprus: Energy potential, export options & revenue management – Middle East Strategic Perspectives – John Gelmini

European flag outside the Commission

European flag outside the Commission (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Dominique Ristori, the European Commission’s, Director General, Energy is French, a lawyer and has been a career civil servant and politician since 1978 a period of 36 years.

During that time he has never run a commercial enterprise, knows nothing about business and has never met a payroll.

That much is obvious from publicly available data about this man’s background which also seems to indicate he knows nothing about oil and energy and even less about the geopolitics and strategic military thinking that needs to underpin any EU policy on energy.

Dr Alf should, in answer to his own question, be very worried indeed about this man and about the fact that Europe has no coherent strategy to deal with Vladimir Putin or a future military threat to oil imports or to France’s nuclear power stations.

The fact that Cyprus is not mentioned, that Turkey’s control of Northern Cyprus is not mentioned or considered points to the fact that the issue has not been thought about.

Israel, which wants to join the EU has oil and gas and rumor has it that gas in large quantities lie in Gaza which at the moment is experiencing severe collateral damage.

Europe should be building nuclear power stations and fracking just as the UK is belatedly attempting to do.

Instead it writes documents which make no real sense because they are written by people devoid of the specialist knowledge required and utterly devoid of commonsense.

If the plan is to put more people out of work, de-industrialize and force young Europeans to emigrate then not having a plan for energy linked to growth and jobs makes perfect sense.

So it is a case of “By their actions you shall know them”.

John Gelmini

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