In the case of a sudden decrease in supplies by Moscow, the EU Commission will ask the Twenty-Seven to share gas. El Pais writes this, recalling the Brussels-based energy-saving plan that the Commission hopes to approve on May 18th.
In the event of an emergency, the measures will touch practically all EU partners, as those with alternative sources of supply will be forced to share their gas with nations who have been left without it due to the Russian shutdown.
Brussels will undoubtedly demand energy rationing, beginning with the industrial sector, and that the rationalization measures be implemented in such a way that enterprises in less affected nations do not gain a competitive advantage over those in countries that are more hit by the Fly cuts.
Brussels has already stated its ambition to cut its reliance on Russian gas by two-thirds by the end of the year, with a five-year goal of totally eliminating it. Given that the EU relies on Russia for 40% of its gas supplies, this is a significant dependence (far greater than that of oil or coal).
The European Commission has already proposed legislation requiring Member States to ensure that their underground gas storage facilities are filled to at least 80% capacity by November 1st.
Operators of storage sites will be required to submit fill levels to national authorities, and Member States will be required to monitor fill levels periodically and report to the Commission.
It will be everyone’s responsibility to ensure that there is enough gas in storage. The Commission’s proposal intends to ensure that EU gas storage can be shared in a spirit of solidarity (to the point where Member States without storage facilities will be forced to ensure that gas is stored in other EU nations). EU or to establish a burden-sharing arrangement with one or more Member States that have storage facilities).