Exemptions to winter gas reduction plans weaken EU's unity

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The EPP Group welcomes the swift agreement of EU Member States on winter gas reduction plans, but voices worries about the planned exemptions. "Only when we work together as a Union will we be able to ensure security of supply for all. The exemptions negotiated by the Member States might undermine the coherence of the EU’s efforts and weaken the message of unity, which we need in the face of Russian aggression", said Christian Ehler MEP, the EPP Group's Spokesman in Parliament's Industry committee.

"While it is important that the exemptions reflect national realities, the Member States now need to fully engage in the coordination efforts to prevent unnecessary social and economic harm. They also have a responsibility to consult with industry on the expected impact of measures on the industrial output of Europe. Both, gas supply and industrial output are cross-border issues that cannot be managed on a purely national basis and need to be considered together in the coordination", concluded Ehler.

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