Gas, the EU rejects the price cap plan. There is no. of 15 countries
Chaos returns to the matter price cap. The meeting of European energy ministers has finished examining the solidarity mechanisms on the supplies of gas. The group of “fifteen”, even if some sources explain that it would be a smaller number, made it clear, also explained by the Italian environment minister Gilberto Pichettothat the proposal of the Commission does not work and the three texts of the package (which works from acceleration to permits on renewables to the common platform) should be treated together. And the countries that have shared this position constitute a blocking minority.
Also for this reason, according to various European sources, the hypothesis of a new one is rising Extraordinary Council of Energy, which could be held on 11 or 13 December, or close to the summit of leaders called to find a political agreement on the dossier. At that point the Ordinary Council of Energy Ministers of 19 December would ratify the agreement. The Czech presidency has already given its willingness to convene any new meetings.
Il Energy Affairs Council convened today was supposed to find an initial understanding on the market correction mechanism – a price cap static – proposed by EU Commission along with the whole package on the emergency energy. Most of the 27 arrived at the table with very critical positions on the roof proposal put forward by Palazzo Berlaymont.
The 15 countries, including Italy and France, which had signed the letter in September in favor of a cap to gas they had a brief meeting before the Council and agreed on a united position, that of not joining the Commission’s proposal. Proposal that the Polish Environment Minister, Anna Moscowhe sharply called “a joke” before entering the meeting.
But the reservations also come from the so-called skeptical countries, which will once again highlight their concern for the security of supplies. No agreement on the plan was expected at the meeting but the agreement appears to be more uphill than expected.
And Germany, which leads the group of countries opposed to the gas price cap, she says she is ready to negotiate. “The proposal put forward by the European Commission is already a kind of compromise, some minor changes are needed, but overall it goes in the right direction. However, many other Member States disagree: we take these criticisms seriously and are open to negotiation “. The Secretary of State for the Economy said so Sven Giegold on the sidelines of the extraordinary Energy Council in Brussels. “For us it is essential that the safeguards” agreed by the EU leaders and “provided for in the proposal” by Brussels “are applied and that we avoid the gas rationing in Europe“, he stressed.
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