Hungary announces opposition to EU climate plans
Rising energy prices are intensifying the European debate about the right path in climate policy. Hungary complains that the situation “threatens to kill the European middle class”. The debate in Brussels was interrupted after five hours.
IIn the EU, about ten days before the next World Climate Conference, a conflict is developing over future climate plans. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Thursday called on the EU Commission to “fully reconsider” its plans at the Brussels summit. Some of these are “fantasy fantasies,” he said of a plan to include the transportation sector and buildings in the emissions business in the future.
Orban argued that the plan would further fuel significantly higher energy prices and “kill the European middle class.” President Angela Merkel (CDU) has previously said that rising prices have nothing to do with climate change and that the EU must act “prudently”. Merkel supports a market economy solution. The UN Climate Conference kicks off on October 31 in Glasgow.
Austrian President Alexander Shalenberg said energy should not become a “luxury”. But questioning climate protection due to high gas and fuel prices is the “wrong approach”.
Through the climate package released by the Commission in July, the EU aims to reduce its emissions by 55 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. Brussels is in favor of banning the sale of new vehicles with internal combustion engines from 2035. These plans are also controversial in Germany.
Several hours of discussion about energy prices
Southern European countries, especially Spain and Greece, have come under pressure from rising energy prices. Like vaccines, Spain is pushing for joint gas purchases and a strategic EU presence. Prior to the summit, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez criticized the EU for moving “slower than desired”. Sanchez spoke in support of reforming the European electricity market.
Polish Prime Minister Mathews Moravic has accused Russia and the state-run Gosprom group of “economic intimidation”. Operating the Nort Stream 2 Baltic Sea pipeline to Germany would exacerbate the problem, he warned.
In Germany, too, the debate over North Stream 2 has picked up speed again. Green leader Annelana Berbaugh recently called for the project not to be allowed to run. Leaders of the Bundestag Committees on Economics and Energy and Economic Cooperation and Development, Klaus Ernst (left) and Peter Ramsour (CSU), have been critical of Barbok’s approach. Their accusation that “Russia is abusing its natural gas supply to blackmail Europe and is responsible for the increased energy prices” shows no signs, the two write in a joint statement. A “potential future foreign minister” must be intelligent.
Heads of state and government spent many hours discussing energy prices at the EU summit. It shows how political leaders are “paying attention” to this issue, the EU diplomat explained. About five hours later, heads of state and government intervened in the debate over price rises. It was not initially clear when the discussions would proceed.
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