Hungary and Poland oppose EU plan to reduce gas consumption

The Council of the European Union said Hungary and Poland voted against the bloc’s plan to voluntarily cut gas consumption, with the possibility of mandatory cuts later.

The Council noted in a document on Friday that “all delegations voted in favor of the Council’s rules on coordinated gas demand reduction measures, with the exception of the delegations of Hungary and Poland, which voted against.”

The Council of the European Union confirmed that, despite the opposition of the two countries mentioned, the overwhelming majority supported the plan.

On July 20, the European Commission presented a plan to reduce gas consumption in the EU, and the energy ministers of the EU countries agreed on it, with some amendments to it.

An agreement was reached on a voluntary reduction in gas consumption by 15% from August 1 to March 31 compared to the average gas consumption over the past five years.

The European Union is taking these measures in anticipation of a reduction or cessation of gas supplies from Russia.

Source: RIA Novosti

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