The Czech Republic, the country that holds the six-monthly presidency of the Council of the European Union, announced yesterday that it will convene an "urgent meeting" of energy ministers to discuss the situation in the face of price escalation in Europe and energy saving plans to guarantee security bloc's energy sector, according to a message from Prime Minister Petr Fiala on social media.
The EU is preparing for a complicated energy scenario this winter, in full tension with Russia that threatens to cut off gas supplies to the continent and the escalation of prices caused by the war in Ukraine.
With a view to dealing with the situation, the Twenty-seven before the summer agreed to have minimum reserves of at least 80% of their capacity by next November. At this time, according to data from the European Commission, in the EU as a whole they stand at 77%.
The plan also sets a threshold of 90% for the following winter seasons and a reserve level of 85% of the total storage capacity of the EU as a whole this year.
This is added to other energy saving and efficiency plans with which the member states have to implement measures to reduce consumption with the overall objective of saving 15%.
Ribera meets with Enagás
In this regard, the third vice president and minister for the Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, met yesterday with the executive CEO of Enagás, Arturo Gonzalo Aizpiri, as part of the round of talks with the main sectoral, social, political and civil society to gather proposals that help Spain reduce its gas consumption with a view to designing the contingency plan that the Government must send to Brussels as part of the community strategy to deal with the impact of the war in Ukraine.
Although the content of the meeting was not disclosed, they certainly discussed the possibilities that Spain has of sending gas to Europe if there is a cut in supply from Russia. In principle, our country should not be affected by these cuts, since we receive gas from a dozen countries and we have a guaranteed supply.
Encounter with inducements
The meeting between the minister and the executive CEO of Enagás had its curious incentive, since both coincided with the Government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.
Teresa Ribera was, between 2004 and 2008, General Director of the Office of Climate Change and between 2008 and 2011 she assumed the Secretary of State for Climate Change of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment, directed by Cristina Narbona, replacing precisely Arturo Gonzalo Aizpiri in that position. He was also General Director of Environmental Policy and Secretary General for the Prevention of Pollution and Climate Change in the aforementioned ministry.