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Hungary rejects 'unenforceable' EU gas plan

Budapest was the only capital to oppose the plan

26 July, 19:35
(ANSA-AFP) - BUDAPEST, JUL 26 - Hungary on Tuesday slammed an EU proposal to reduce gas consumption as "unenforceable" after the bloc's energy ministers approved the plan. "This is an unjustifiable, useless, unenforceable and harmful proposal," Hungary's Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said. Hungary was the only member state to oppose the plan, which passed on a majority vote. "We were the only ones to signal that we are voting no...

given that this decree completely ignores the interests of Hungarian people," Szijjarto told reporters in Brussels. The plan asks the bloc's 27 member states to voluntarily reduce gas use by 15 percent -- based on a five-year average for the months in question -- starting next month and over the subsequent winter through March. Russia has halted or reduced gas deliveries to a number of EU countries for a variety of reasons that are considered in Europe to be pretexts for retaliation for sanctions over the Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine. (ANSA-AFP).

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