The European Parliament, which met yesterday in a plenary session in Strasbourg, has approved a set of rules ensuring the flow of gas to consumers and to the EU member states that are most at risk, thereby securing energy supply. The regulations, approved with 567 votes in favor, 101 against and 23 abstentions, requires the EU member states to help each other manage gas crises. Greater transparency in the supply of gas contracts has also been introduced. When necessary, EU member states will be obliged to share gas supplies. According to the regulations, a EU member state facing an emergency situation will be able to benefit from the solidarity mechanism. This means that its neighboring countries will be legally obliged to supply gas to the groups of consumers that are most at risk (protected consumers). On this occasion, Manfred Weber, leader of the EPP at the European Parliament, pointed out the need to stop Nord Stream 2, a gas pipeline project aimed at connecting Russia to Germany. "It must be stopped, since it goes against the interests of the EU in terms of diversifying energy supply," said Weber. Weber, referring in particular to Russia, also added "we need more transparency on party funding. We need a ban on funding from outside the EU."