This joint open letter was addressed to the EU Commission in July 2020, demanding that no public money goes to the Eastmed-Poseidon pipeline project (or any other gas project), before the EU Commission makes a decision in October. In the previous CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) call the Eastmed-Poseidon was awarded money, and this has to stop.
The project, which has PCI status, would carry gas from between Israel & Cyrpus to Italy, via Cyrpus and Greece. It would be the world’s deepest and longest offshore pipeline. It is also rife with geopolitical tensions, and connected to militarization and arms deals.  
We believe no public money should be awarded to such a project. Instead, it must be channelled towards projects supporting a clean and sustainable future-proof economy for all, that center peoples’ rights and safety.

Dear Ms Juul-Jørgensen, dear Mr Balke,

We are writing to you during difficult times, amidst a global pandemic and a looming economic crisis bringing unimaginable hardship, particularly for the underprivileged and marginalized members of our society, as well as grief and pain to many.

We face intersecting crises; health, economic, environmental, social and climate crises. Even before the coronavirus, it was deeply irresponsible, dangerous and out of line with the Paris Agreement to invest in new fossil fuel projects. Now more than ever, funding decisions need to be environmentally and socially responsible. Public money and support must be used to boost truly sustainable, community-led, renewable energy sources and infrastructures that provide sustainable high-quality jobs while contributing to the health of people and the planet. We cannot afford to spend more money on new fossil gas projects, and the EastMed/Poseidon project is a case in point.

In October 2020, the European Commission will publish a decision on how to distribute almost €1 billion of Connecting Europe Facility funding to so-called Projects of Common Interest. In the light of the health crisis and the climate emergency, fossil gas projects should not be awarded public money through the CEF call or any other public funding instrument. In addition, to avoid further EU support for fossil gas, all fossil fuel projects must be excluded from the next PCI list.

The EastMed/Poseidon pipeline project (2 connecting pipelines) is a stark example of an unnecessary polluting fossil fuel project, which has swallowed several million Euros of EU tax money already and risks receiving further support[1]. In order to pay off investments, these pipelines would make it necessary to exploit a considerable amount of the gas in the Eastern Mediterranean if they are built, with catastrophic impacts on our economies, health, climate and the environment.

Giving more funding to the Eastmed/Poseidon, or any other new fossil gas projects, would render the EU’s ‘green’ aspirations completely redundant.

Adding to these geopolitical tensions is the growing involvement of the United States, where an ExxonMobil-backed bill passed not long ago which includes US support for EU gas infrastructure and lifts the prohibition of US weapons transfers to Cyprus.

By supporting this pipeline, the EU ignores people in the region, who are already facing political conflicts and suffering from worsening climate change.

We call on you to use your influence to withdraw any support, be it of regulatory, financial or any other nature, to this project. Please act in the interest of the young people of today and future generations by moving money and support away from climate- and environment- wrecking projects like these mega-pipelines and channel it towards projects supporting a clean and sustainable future-proof economy for all.

We, the signatories of this letter would appreciate it if you could provide your availability for a joint online-meeting to further discuss our concerns about supporting and funding fossil gas projects, and specifically the Eastmed/Poseidon project. Please contact Food & Water Action Europe via concerning next steps about organizing a meeting.

Kind regards,
Naomi Kreitman, Gastivists (Europe)
Ya’ara Peretz, Green Course (Israel)
Frida Kieninger, Food & Water Action Europe (Europe)

On behalf of

Countries along the pipeline
Friends of the Earth Cyprus (Cyprus)
The Climate Collective (Greece)
Young Friends of the Earth Cyprus (Cyprus)
Cyprus Green Action Group (Cyprus)
Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (Greece)
Support Earth – Steering Committee (Greece)
Greenpeace Greece (Greece)
Greenpeace Israel (Israel)
Re:Common (Italy)
Trivelle Zero Marche (Italy)
Falkatraz Laboratorio dell’Autogestione (Italy)
Comitato Cittadini E Lavoratori Liberi E Pensanti Taranto (Italy)
Comitati cittadini per l’ambiente (Italy)
Studenti della Redazione di (Italy)
Movimento No TAP/SNAM (Italy)
No Hub Del Gas Abruzzo (Italy)
Coordinamento Nazionale No Triv (Italy)
Coordinamento NO SNAM (Italy)
Rete Legalità per il Clima (Italy)
Casa Del Popolo di Torre Santa Susanna (Italy)
Comitato “I Discoli del Sinarca (Italy)
Comitato Per la Transizione Energetica Brindisi (Italy)
Greenpeace Italy (Italy)

Other European organizations
Global Witness (Europe)
Friends of the Earth Europe (Europe)
Counter Balance (Europe)
Climate Action Network Europe (Europe)
Young Friends of the Earth Europe (Europe)
SEE Change Net (Europe)
Urgewald (Germany)
Not Here, Not Anywhere (Ireland)
Keep Ireland Fracking Free (Ireland)
Red Line Campaign (Portugal)
Ecologistas en Acción (Spain)
Debt Observatory in Globalisation (Spain, Catalonia) 
Talk Fracking (UK)

Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action Network (Bangladesh)
Velehuen ONG (Chile)
Oil Change International (International)
Leave it in the Ground Initiative (International)
Nadi Ghati Morcha (India)
Environics Trust (India)
Tax and Fiscal Justice Alliance (Nepal)
All Nepal Peasant Federation Association (Nepal)
Earthworks (United States)
Coalition to Protect New York (United States)
Upper Valley Affinity Group (United States)
Earth Action, Inc. (United States)

[1] The Eastmed/Poseidon pipeline is a 1900 km mega-infrastructure project that consists of 2 connecting pipelines: Eastmed, which is planned to carry gas potentially extracted from offshore Israel, Cyprus and maybe other countries, via Cyprus and Crete to mainland Greece; and its prolongation to Italy, Poseidon, which would continue gas transportation from mainland Greece to Italy via the Adriatic Sea ending in Otranto, Italy.

[2] Global Energy Monitor (2020). Gas at a Crossroads: Why the EU should not continue to expand its gas infrastructure.

[3] The Energy Efficiency First principle (EE1st) has been established in the Governance Regulation as “the overarching theme”of and the interlinkage between the five dimensions of the Energy Union. The principle goes beyond the mere adoption of energy efficiency solutions in energy systems and becomes a modus operandi in decision making in planning, policy and investment in the energy sector. As explicitly stated in Article 2(18) and further explained in recital 64 Governance regulation, EE1st is “a key consideration in future investment decisions on energy infrastructure in the Union” in assessing amongst other the cost-efficiency of projects and alternatives related to energy transmission.

[4] Ekathimerini (4 May 2020) ‘French-Italian energy consortium postpones drilling in Cyprus EEZ due to Covid-19’.

[5] Reuters (12 Feb 2018) ‘EU tells Turkey to avoid damaging actions after Cyprus ship incident’. ttps://