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.