BRUSSELS (VG) Danish Energy Minister Dan Jorgensen wants the EU’s proposed price cap on Russian gas to apply to gas delivered from Norway. EU energy ministers hold a crisis meeting on Friday.
The meeting in the European Union has one goal: To lower electricity prices To consumers and businesses, starting with today’s extreme levels across Europe.
We must look at whether the price cap should be applied to countries other than Russia, but we must be careful not to put Putin and Norway in the same box, Jorgensen said on his way to the meeting in Brussels on Friday morning.
– We will discuss this with Norway, but we will not follow the same policy towards Norway as towards Putin, and this goes without saying. But he added that it is good to have some good conversations with our friends in Norway, so that the price of Norwegian gas is also different.
Energy ministers meet to provide preliminary comments on the European Commission’s proposal. Norway is not represented at today’s EU meeting.
EU measures could lower Norwegian electricity prices
Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson warned on Friday that she would take measures to lower electricity prices in Europe.
Belgian Prime Minister Alexandre de Croo is among those who have lobbied hard on the European Union to put a price cap on all types of gas. He was in Stavanger during the Energy Show in August. There he met fellow Norwegian Jonas Gahr Støre (AFP).
Belgium got there and then “no cold” From the Norwegian government, Belgian media reported after the meeting.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has only proposed a maximum price for Russian gas. President Vladimir Putin negative reaction to.
– We see that Putin is using gas as part of his war against Europe. He should not be allowed to do this at all, the Danish energy minister told the press in Brussels on Friday morning, but we also understand that this proposal is not without risks.
Swedish Energy Minister Khashyar Farmanbar was much more moderate in his statements about a gas price cap, when VG spoke to him on the way to the meeting.
Farmanbar met Norway’s Minister of Oil and Energy, Terje Asland, three days ago in Stockholm.
– We are optimistic about all the proposals made by the European Commission. We’ll see how the price cap proposal will be received here. Sweden’s energy minister said there were discussions about whether it should apply to only Russian gas, or the entire gas market, and how it should be designed to be fair.
“Together with Terje Aasland, we will be setting up a Nordic and Baltic working group to move these discussions forward in the Nordic countries as well,” he adds.
– What do you think if everyone who asks Støre for more and cheaper Norwegian gas is directed to talk to oil and gas suppliers directly?
– This is how the liberalized energy market works. This is why it is so important to do something at the European level. This will not work if each country has to take its own measures – regardless of whether to cut energy consumption, whether there is a cap on the price of gas, or to restore profits from energy companies.
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