BRUSSELS – Started in Brussels on Energy Affairs Council Summoned to find a tentative agreement on market correction mechanism – Fixed price cap – proposed by the EU Commission with the entire Energy Emergency Package. The meeting will also take place A serious energy emergency in Ukraine.
Most of the 27 arrive at the table with very awkward positions in the ceiling proposal made by Palazzo Berlaymont. The 15 countries – including Italy and France – that signed the letter in September in favor of a gas cap met briefly before the council and agreed on a unified position, which is not to join the Commission’s proposal.
The proposal, which Polish Environment Minister Anna Moskowa clearly described as 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 agreement seemed to be more difficult than expected.
“We have concluded a meeting between the decisive countries” on the price cap proposal “There is an agreement not to adhere” to the plan presented by the EU Commission. This was announced by the Minister of the Environment and Energy Security, Gilberto Picito Frattin, before the Energy Affairs Council, and after a meeting of 15 countries that requested a ceiling for gas prices months ago.
The European Commission’s price cap proposal “is not enough and we must continue to work on relations with Norway to reduce the price of gas but also on the decoupling of the price of gas and the price of electricity and equally continue to work on deep market reform”. This was stated by the Minister of Energy Transition of France, Agnes Pannier-Ronacher, before joining the Council on Energy Affairs.
Berlin, EU price ceiling exposed, ready to deal
“The proposal by the European Commission ‘on a gas price cap’ is indeed a bit of a compromise, and some minor changes are needed, but overall it goes in the right direction. However, many other member states disagree: let’s take these criticisms at face value. Seriously, we are open to negotiation.” So said the Minister of State for Economics Sven Jegold On the sidelines of the Extraordinary Energy Council meeting in Brussels. He stressed that “for us it is necessary to implement the guarantees” agreed upon by the leaders of the European Union and “set out in the” Brussels proposal “and to avoid rationing gas in Europe.”
“It would be a huge mistake to agree to the aspects of solidarity and joint purchase today, and to leave the gas price ceiling for later, when the gas price will be the key to everything that happens to us now.” This was stated by the Minister of Environmental Transition, Teresa Ribera, on the sidelines of the extraordinary meeting of the Energy Affairs Council. We come to a complex council. The majority of States are concerned about the slowness with which the Commission has acted in relation to the mandate it has acquired. There are some countries that do not agree to approve two of the three texts today and leave the discussion on gas prices for later. The two texts must be closely interconnected.”
Towards an Extraordinary Energy Council on December 13th
According to various European sources, the European Union is heading towards convening a new Extraordinary Council on Energy Affairs on December 13. The date of the new meeting, stating that it is “very likely” although it has not yet been officially confirmed. The meeting will create a file Agreeing on a gas price ceiling On the basis of the Commission’s proposal that no agreement was reached in today’s session. Agreement on the other two texts of the package, related to licenses for renewable energy sources and a common gas procurement platform, is closer to agreement. But the package, which many EU countries have requested, must be dealt with together.