Extraordinary EU Council on energy on 30 September. Commission Plan: 5% consumption cut, no gas price cap – Il Fatto Quotidiano

A Extraordinary EU Council on energy to try to reach an agreement on the European protocol to be adopted in view of the winter and the energy crisis triggered by the stop on gas imposed by Russia. The news was announced in a tweet by the Czech Minister of Trade and Industry, Jozef Síkela, of the rotating presidency of the EU Council: “On 30 September we will finish what we started last week. I have just convened another extraordinary Energy Council to discuss the Commission’s proposals to tackle high energy prices. The Czech Presidency, the Member States and the Commission are ready to work together ”.

Several measures should be brought to the table of the 27 heads of state and government of the Union following the proposal being drawn up by the European Commission. A plan that aims to achieve the compulsory reduction of consumption of electricity on the basis of a monthly target, leaving individual Member States the discretion to identify in which hours to implement this cut.

“Tomorrow we will set a mandatory target to reduce consumption” of electricity “During rush hour” but “we will give Member States the flexibility to design their own measures as they see fit”. The European Commissioner for Energy said it, Kadri Simson, speaking at the plenary of the EU Parliament in Strasbourg. According to what is learned, the reduction in electricity demand during peak hours, to be understood as those in which consumption is highest, will be fixed at 5%. “This – explained the commissioner – will allow to ease the stress on electricity production, reduce gas consumption and have a positive effect on prices”. Last week the Commission’s stance was that of one 10% reduction. The European Commission is also preparing to propose a cap on the revenues of companies that produce electricity from low-cost sources other than gas, therefore including the renewable, set at a threshold between 180 and 200 euros per megawatt hour. It is learned from multiple diplomatic sources.

In the drafts, however, there is no measure on the gas price cap. The proposal also met with resistance within the EU, with Germany And Netherlands which have been exposed more, but above all among supplier countries such as Norway: the premier Jonas Gahr Storein a phone call with Ursula von der Leyenhas expressed all his “skepticism” on the extent that could also meet the opposition of Algeria And Azerbaijan. And now Europe can no longer do without their gas. This morning the Minister of Ecological Transition, Roberto Cingolani he had stated “Europe has moved towards a series of measures, and probably also the price cap (price cap, ed) shortly, which should give equal rules for everyone. We hope that the next two or three weeks will bring the expected results ”.

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