El País learned about the idea of the EU to require members of the union to share gas
According to the publication, in the event of a cessation of gas supplies from Russia, Brussels will require EU members who have alternative sources of supplies to share fuel with the most affected states
On May 18, the European Commission plans to approve a plan in the event of a possible cut in gas supplies from Russia, which, among other things, includes a requirement for EU members to share their gas with countries most affected by the cut. This is reported by the Spanish newspaper El País, citing sources.
According to the publication, Brussels insists that in the event of an emergency with gas, those countries that have alternative suppliers will have to share with the most affected states.
The European authorities will also require energy rationing, which will start with the industrial sector, so that companies in less affected countries do not have a competitive advantage over companies in more affected countries, the publication specifies.
In addition, according to El País, Brussels intends to use the gas supply regulation in force since 2017 in order to guarantee sufficient gas supply to households and social services in all countries of the community.
According to the forecasts of the European Commission, in the event of a complete cessation of Russian gas supplies, the measures provided for in the regulation will have to be taken by almost all EU partners. At the same time, the EC believes that out of 155 billion cubic meters. m of gas that comes annually from Russia, two-thirds can be replaced in the future.
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Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, many Western countries, including the EU and the US, have imposed or tightened sanctions against Moscow. The restrictions, among other things, affected large financial and industrial companies, members of the Russian government, as well as the reserves of the Central Bank. At the same time, the sanctions did not affect the import of Russian oil and gas.
Russia provides approximately 40% of Europe's need for gas imports. On March 23, President Vladimir Putin announced that the Russian side would give up “all compromised currencies” in gas payments. and will accept payment for it from unfriendly countries (in this list, all EU countries, the USA, Great Britain and other states) in rubles. The new requirement came into effect on April 1.
Many EU countries have previously announced their refusal to pay for the supply of energy resources under the new scheme. The European Commission believes that the new payment scheme is contrary to the European sanctions regime.
Poland and Bulgaria also refused to pay for gas in rubles, which is why Gazprom suspended deliveries to these countries. French Minister of Environmental Transformation Barbara Pompili called Russia's actions a breach of contracts. European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson urged the EU countries to prepare a plan of action in the event of a cessation of supplies from Russia.
In mid-March, Deputy Head of the European Commission Maros Sefcovic said that the EU would need 50 & ndash; 60 billion cubic meters to replace supplies from Russia. m of natural gas from other sources.
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