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EU countries agree to reduce gas use

Natural gas consumption will be be limited in the coming months to ensure EU residents and companies can make it through the winter.

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EU member states agree to a bill to reduce gas usage, the Czechian EU presidency posts on Twitter:

”This was not a Mission Impossible! Ministers have reached a political agreement on gas demand reduction ahead of the upcoming winter.”

The social media post doesn’t disclose information on volumes. The EU Commission had otherwise proposed a reduction of 15%, but in talks ahead of Tuesday’s agreement several countries requested exemptions from the requirement.

The Commission has suggested that EU states initially cut gas use by 15% on a voluntary basis from Aug. 1 this year until March 31 next year.

This is meant to ensure countries’ ability to refill gas inventories to 80% capacity before Nov. – and to ensure that nations will be able to manage through the cold season.

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