Lord Pearson of Rannoch will be asking HMG on March 15:
whether Article 122.2 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union can be used to require them to provide financial assistance to another member state which is “threatened with severe difficulties caused by exceptional circumstances beyond its control.”This will be particularly apposite as ECOFIN is due to meet on the following day, March 16, to make a decision about Greece. As special punishment, Greece will not be allowed to vote at the meeting. Whether the discussions do go to the vote is, of course, a moot point and one we might never know the answer to.
In the House of Lords, though, on March 16, Lord Willoughby de Broke will be asking HMG:
how they will replace the energy capacity of the nine oil and coal-fired power stations which are due to close in 2015 under the European Union Large Combustion Plant Directive.The answer should be very instructive.