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It appears that EU member states are on their way to agreeing on a gas emergency plan |  Abroad

It appears that EU member states are on their way to agreeing on a gas emergency plan | Abroad

Last week, the European Commission, the European Union’s executive council, presented an energy contingency plan called Save Gas for a Safe Winter because it is not confident that Russian gas will continue to flow. According to the spokesperson, the Russian state gas group Gazprom announced, on Monday, that it will continue to supply gas through the important pipeline Nord Stream 1 on Wednesday. Reduced to 20 percent of maximum capacity “Exactly in the scenario” that the committee warns against.

Not only does Brussels see a risk to everyday things like heating and cooking, turning off the gas tap could hurt the economy as well. This will affect all EU countries, including those that are less dependent on Russian gas or that are not dependent on Russian gas and do not immediately see the benefit of energy savings. The committee fears that a complete Russian freeze on supplies will shrink the European economy by up to 1.5 percent, and calls on member states to show solidarity with each other.

EU ambassadors discussed the gas emergency plan on Monday in preparation for a meeting of energy ministers in Brussels. According to insiders, there is a lot of resistance to the commission’s desire to be able to intervene in emergency situations, for example if gas supplies are interrupted or demand rises sharply, by making savings mandatory.

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