In a three-hour hearing at the European Parliament on Tuesday, Vice-President designate for Energy Union Maroš Šef?ovi? told MEPs that it is “Russia is increasingly using gas supply as an instrument of pressure and as a political weapon against Ukraine and this is totally unacceptable.”
Šef?ovi? was originally nominated for the post of Transport and Space. But Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker assigned him the Energy Union portfolio, after the withdrawal of the Slovenian ex-prime minister Alenka Bratušek, who failed her hearing.