Von der Leyen announces measures against energy crisis during State of the Union speech
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen addressed the European Parliament with her annual State of the European Union speech outlining, among other things, a wide-ranging package of new initiatives aimed at creating tools in order to face the current crises and to steer the EU towards energy transition, while accelerating independence from hydrocarbon imports from Russia.
The EU Commission president, while promising in the long term a comprehensive reform of the EU energy market to permanently decouple the influence of the high cost of gas on electricity bills, reminded how the military aggression led by Moscow against Ukraine “is a war on our energy, a war on our economy, a war on our values and a war on our future”. “Russia keeps on actively manipulating our energy market - she stated -. They prefer to flare the gas than to deliver it. This market is not functioning anymore”. "In addition the climate crisis is heavily weighing on our bills. Heat waves have boosted electricity demand. Droughts shut down hydro and nuclear plants”.
The package to fight energy crisis proposal
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