EU commissioner warns of more energy poverty in Europe

Released on 17.10. 2021

  • An alternating current meter shows the current meter reading in kilowatt hours in a household. In view of the sharp rise in energy prices, EU Labor Commissioner Nicolas Schmit warns of more energy poverty in Europe. Photo: Hauke-Christian Dittrich

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What can the European Union do to give its citizens access to affordable electricity? This is what EU Labor Commissioner Nicolas Schmit deals with.

Brussels (dpa) – In view of the sharp rise in energy prices, EU Labor Commissioner Nicolas Schmit warns of more energy poverty in Europe. There are already millions of people who suffer from energy poverty, “and this number could get even bigger,” said Schmit of the German press agency – Countries are helping to limit the effects of the current high energy prices on people, but it is primarily up to the national governments to take action.

Fietz: act in a coordinated manner across Europe

On Friday, the deputy government spokeswoman Martina Fietz said that it was important to act in a coordinated manner across Europe and within the applicable rules for the EU internal market. Energy prices and short-term options for action also played a role at the EU summit next week.

The European trade union confederation ETUC expressed fears in September that more than 2.7 million people in Europe could not afford to heat their home properly even though they had a job.

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