For the Minister for European Affairs of the Czech Republic Mikulas Bek, “it will be up to the leaders to discuss the way to act” to lower costs
Among the EU countries “there is a broad agreement on the key areas of action to lower energy prices”, but there are still some differences on how to “act, so” it will be up to the leaders to discuss it “. This was confirmed by the Minister for European Affairs of the Czech Republic Mikulas Bek, in the plenary of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
“The sharp increase in energy prices – he continues – affects all European citizens and businesses and is therefore at the top of the agenda of the European Council, since we know that Russia is using energy as a weapon, in an attempt to weaken the determination and economic power of the European Union “.
“We will not let this happen: based on the discussions in Prague and on yesterday’s Commission proposal, the leaders – he concludes – will speak of a strong common European response to high gas and electricity prices”.
VON DER LEYEN: “INCREASE REPOWEREU FUNDS”
According to the president of the executive Ursula von der Leyen it is essential to increase the “firepower” of RePowerEu, the EU plan to become autonomous from Russian fossil fuels, and the European Commission will present a “proposal” for this purpose, because otherwise it risks “the single market”, given that the necessary investments, in the absence of European interventions, can only be made by countries with robust balance sheets. “The real solution to maintain our competitiveness – he says – is to invest in sources of energy produced at home, especially renewable, and this must take place in all European countries. But only Member States with sufficient fiscal space can make these investments. critics, so this will inevitably alter the conditions of play in our single market. ”
“So not only do we need to upgrade RePowerEu now, so we need to accelerate it, but we need to push it. We need to increase its firepower and we will make a proposal about it, because it will give every Member State the same opportunity to prepare for the future. Not it is only about energy, but also – he concludes – about our global competitiveness and our sovereignty “.