Why the rush campaign

Following the government’s decision to award oil and gas offshore contracts to the Total-Eni-Novatek consortium, a hazardous rush to adopt a set of new legislation ensued. The four laws, hastily written, could have determined the establishment of the Sovereign Wealth Fund, the National Oil Company, and the Directorate for Petroleum Assets, and finally a law on the onshore petroleum regulation. Kulluna Irada fully supported The Lebanese Oil and Gas Initiative’s (LOGI) claim that there was absolutely no rush to pass these laws and launched, in 2018, a campaign with a short satirical video to raise awareness about the governance of the oil and gas sector in Lebanon and to demand a national strategy before setting the laws. The campaign went viral, accumulating more than one million views on social media platforms, and was key to stop the ratification of the laws, which still haven’t been adopted.