Ursula von der Leyen: It is important that the member states

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European countries that do not depend on gas supplies from Russia must show solidarity with those that are forced to make efforts to save them due to the imminent risk of supply disruption, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen told the DPA, quoted by Agerpres.

“Even the member states that almost do not buy Russian gas cannot escape the effects of a potential disruption of their supply on our internal market,” said von der Leyen, ahead of a special meeting of energy ministers from EU bloc countries, planned for Tuesday.

The economies of EU countries are closely interconnected, she said, stressing that a gas crisis would affect every member state in one way or another.

“That’s why it’s important that member states reduce their gas demand, so that they all store more and share with those who are more affected,” said von der Leyen.

These comments follow the criticism expressed by Spain and Portugal towards the gas emergency plan proposed by the Commission. Portugal described this plan as “unsustainable” and declared that its gas consumption was an “absolute necessity”.

Specifically, the Commission’s plan requires all EU states to voluntarily reduce their gas consumption by at least 15% between August 1 and March 31, taking into account the possibility of additional reductions in the event of the worsening of the gas crisis.

Despite the reservations expressed by some parties, von der Leyen expressed his confidence that the Commission’s proposals will eventually receive the approval of all member states.

“I’m sure the energy ministers are aware of their responsibility,” she said, adding that the EU must create a “safety net” to allow each state to get through the next two winters safely.