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The Bulgarian side expresses its principled support for the measures laid down in the REPowerEU Plan to reduce the EU's dependence on Russian fossil fuels and to join efforts to achieve a more sustainable energy system and guarantee energy supplies for the European Union (EU), as presented on 20 July 2022 EC package "Saving gas to ensure winter".

This is the essential part of the official Bulgarian position, which will be expressed at the extraordinary meeting of the EU energy ministers scheduled for tomorrow, the Ministry of Energy announced, quoted by BTA.

In view of the preparedness of the EU in the event of a complete stoppage of gas supplies from Russia as early as 2022, the proposals of the European Commission (EC) package are in the right direction, taking into account the national specificities and starting positions of each member state, as well as providing the necessary flexibility to achieve the ambitions, added the energy department.



European countries that are not dependent on Russian gas should show solidarity with those forced to make storage efforts due to the looming fuel shutdown, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said, quoted by DPA.

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"Even member states that hardly buy Russian gas cannot avoid the effect of a potential stoppage of supplies to our domestic market," Von der said earlier today Leyen to the German agency before the emergency meeting of EU energy ministers scheduled for tomorrow.



The EU's economies are closely intertwined, she noted, stressing that a gas crisis will affect every member state in one form or another.



"That's why it's important that all member states limit demand, everyone store more and share with those members who are more affected," Von der Leyen stressed.



The comments come amid criticism from both Spain and Portugal over the EC's proposed gas emergency plan.

The Portuguese government called the plan "unsustainable" and said gas consumption was an "absolute necessity".

Specifically, Brussels is calling on all EU countries to voluntarily reduce their gas consumption by at least 15 percent between August 1 and March 31, while allowing for further fuel restrictions to be ordered in the event of a severe gas shortage. crisis.

Despite pushback from some quarters, von der Leyen expressed confidence that the proposals would eventually win approval.

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