– I am deeply convinced that the time has come to limit the prices of Russian gas for. The gas price limit may be set at European level. There is a legal basis to temporarily deplete profits as a contingency measure during a crisis, she said in early September. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov quickly responded to these plans and announced: – Companies that impose a price cap will not be among the recipients of Russian energy.
The European Commission will introduce price limits for gas from Russia?
However, despite initial declarations, it has become reluctant to impose limits on gas prices administratively. That is why 15 countries, including one, called on the European Commission to present a proposal for a price cap for gas. The energy ministers of these countries sent a letter to this end to the energy commissioner Kadri Simson.
“We appreciate the efforts made by the Commission and the measures it has proposed to tackle the crisis. But we still need to tackle the most serious problem of all: the wholesale price of natural gas,” the letter she saw wrote.
The letter was prepared jointly by Poland, Belgium and Greece. All large EU countries signed up to it, with the exception of Germany, which is not in favor of such a solution. Other countries supporting this solution argue that the price cap for wholesale gas transactions is the only way that will help ease the energy crisis – to lower the soaring and high that hits households and.
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Appeal of Poland and other countries. Who supports the limit?
The energy ministers stressed that the efforts so far would not be enough to face the crisis. They demand that the European Commission quickly puts forward proposals for discussion at the meeting of energy ministers on Friday 30 September, and then that it draft legislation on this matter as soon as possible.
The document was signed by ministers from 15 countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Greece, Spain, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Italy. On the other side there are, among others , The Netherlands and Denmark, who say that price restraint could threaten security of supply and undermine the EU’s ability to bring in this winter.