The European Union warns of fuel poverty due to the energy price crisis | news | DW

European Union Labor Commissioner Nicolas Schmidt warned on Sunday that so-called energy poverty in Europe will rise this winter due to the sharp rise in energy prices.

He told German news agency DPA that there are already millions of people in Europe who are unable to adequately heat their homes “and that number could rise even further”.

While the European Commission can help EU countries Reducing the impact of high energy pricesFor the public, Schmidt said it is primarily up to national governments to take action.

A household is said to suffer from fuel or energy poverty when its members cannot keep their property adequately heated at a reasonable cost.

In September, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) warned that more than 2.7 million people in Europe could not reasonably afford to heat their homes, despite having jobs.

last week, Germany lowered its taxes on renewable energy by a third. The tax represents one fifth of German consumers’ electricity bills.

France is offering low-income families 100 euros ($116) to offset the extra cost of heating a home.

Economic recovery pushes prices up

Global natural gas and coal prices have reached record levels in recent weeks, and the price of oil has soared to more than $80 a barrel.

The price hike has been blamed on the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic as it caused electricity demand to manufacture power Global supply shortages.

Some politicians have blamed Russia for its supply 50% of EU imports of natural gas.

Russian gas supplies have declined during the pandemic and is Now back to normal levels But do not meet the additional demand.

Speculation is growing that Moscow may block additional deliveries to pressure Germany to formally commission construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline across the Baltic Sea, which was completed last month.

Construction of the pipeline has been criticized as potentially making Europe too dependent on Russian gas.

The European Union previously said it believed the energy price hike was temporary and would ease up in the spring.

With material from DPA

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