“Without a high limit, there wouldn’t even be a proposal on the table,” Commission vice-president Margaritis Schinas tells ERT
“A necessary condition for a discussion in the Council of Ministers is to have the Commission’s proposal. And the necessary condition for the Commission’s proposal to exist is for there to be a gathering of different opinions around this sensitive issue,” the vice-president of the Commission stressed to ERT about the cap on natural gas. Margaritis Schinas.
And he explains in this regard: “So we start “high” because we know that the negotiation in the Council of Ministers will bring the limit down, but at least it’s the first time we have a proposal on the table. Without a high limit there wouldn’t even be a proposal on the table. I understand that these are a bit more complex in European politics than the national political agenda that often simplifies.”
The EU vice-president also notes: “But here we are talking about an issue that also has to do with our suppliers, it has to do with whether the existence of the ceiling will help to have suppliers, or will drive them away in other regions of the world”.
It is noted that the statement of the Minister of Energy Kostas Skrekas for the Commission’s proposal, it was indicative: “the ceiling at 275 euros (per megawatt hour) is essentially not a ceiling”. Athens insists on a ceiling between 150 and 200 euros.
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