Brussels, 30 Sep. Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson urged EU governments to "take another necessary step" and agree this Friday on new measures to "calm" energy prices, especially gas and "generate income" to help households and businesses.
"I trust that the ministers (of Energy) agree on measures that will help us to calm the pressure on prices and give relief to consumers," said the Estonian to the media before participating in the extraordinary meeting in which the EU-27 intend to agree on a reduction in electricity demand, a cap on revenues from renewables, nuclear and lignite to generate electricity and a solidarity tax on oil companies.
The head of Energy of the Community Executive hopes that the capitals will reach a "political agreement" so that these three measures can then be implemented "quickly".
The meeting will also be an opportunity for governments to discuss possible interventions in the gas market, although no specific results are expected because the countries are still divided on how to deal with this issue.
The letter signed by fifteen countries ahead of today's meeting calls for the EU to put a limit on imports of all gas, Russian and from other suppliers, by pipeline and by ship, but Brussels favors doing so only with hydrocarbon purchased from Moscow.
"We cannot approach this in the same way with respect to Russia as with respect to reliable partners," insisted the Energy Commissioner, who advocated imposing a cap on "all Russian gas" and negotiating "price corridors" with other suppliers such as Algeria or Norway.
In addition, Simson recalled that the European Commission is "ready" to develop a mechanism similar to the Iberian exception for the whole bloc in which "a cap on the price of natural gas used for electricity generation" would be established "at European level".
However, he warned that the consequences of implementing such a system "cannot be an increase in the demand for gas".
For his part, the Czech Minister, Jozef Síkela, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the EU Council this semester, recalled that the energy crisis derives from a war "between a civilized world and another that is not civilized", between an order "based on law" and another "based on weapons".
"It is also a war of democratic values. We use sanctions and Russia uses its hybrid tools, destabilization of economies, of societies... what they want is social unrest," he expressed.
Regarding the apparent sabotage of the Nordtream gas pipelines linking Russia to Germany, which will also be part of the ministers' closed-door discussion, Síkela assured that "if there is any attempt to damage critical European infrastructure there will be a united and robust response".
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