Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on his social media page that the European Union’s prime ministers discussed two “cutting-edge” issues at their summit in Prague, which ended on Friday. The two issues are Russia’s war in Ukraine and energy.
EU summit in Prague
In a Facebook post, the Prime Minister wrote that in the Ukrainian-Russian war he had taken the Hungarian position that the most important thing was peace and to prevent escalation. At present, events are pointing in this direction, but a ceasefire and negotiations are needed, he stressed. Orbán called on the leaders of the major EU states to all try to negotiate in order to prevent the war from spreading further.
The eighth package of sanctions
As far as energy is concerned, the Prime Minister pointed out that all the important Hungarian national goals have been achieved, and we have been exempted from the points of the eighth package which are “damaging to us”. He added that this package of sanctions does not apply to Hungary’s gas supply or to energy from nuclear power plants, and in fact it allows Hungary to build the Paks 2 nuclear power plant, and to continue to do so without any disruption, mfor.hu reports.
Called on the EU to take immediate action to reduce energy prices
Orbán also said that the European Commission has been called on to take immediate action to reduce energy prices across Europe, after the “sanctions have sent energy prices skyrocketing”. At the same time, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that EU leaders have called on the European Commission to come up with a plan to reduce energy prices as soon as possible.
Most politicians were in favour of setting a maximum price for gas, but no specific solution was found, said Mateusz Morawiecki. Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said that most European leaders agreed with the proposal to separate electricity and gas prices. “The majority opinion is that a common European solution is needed,” Fiala stressed. According to him, specific proposals could be discussed at the next European Council.
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Source: mfor.hu, Facebook
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