The European Commission has said it is ready to approve "interim measures" to be taken by EU member states in the face of the explosive rise in gas and electricity prices, while working to reduce its long-term dependence on fossil fuels.
"There are tools that countries can use immediately" to reduce consumer bills, she said. Energy Commissioner Country Simpson, after the meeting of the Ministers of Energy and Transport in Slovenia.
The Commissioner cited the example of reduction of VAT, την άaverage support for the poorest or the targeted and temporary assistance for households and small businesses. "My services are ready to help (governments) work out these measures," he added.
"Member countries have asked for clear guidance on the type of interim measures they can adopt, based on European rules, in order to 'protect vulnerable consumers,'" Simpson explained.
The increase in the price of natural gas, which is a consequence of the increase in the price of electricity throughout Europe, "shows that we need to end our dependence on foreign fossil fuels as soon as possible," he added.
Source: ΑΠΕ ΜΠΕ