The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, believes that the European Commission (EC), led by Ursula von der Leyen, is “late” with proposals to reduce energy prices.
In an interview published in La Stampa newspaper yesterday, he said that the EC should have developed proposals long ago and they were urgently needed.
“The issue of the energy crisis has been on the agenda since October. We have repeatedly asked the EC to prepare concrete proposals. It was proposed to reduce gas consumption by 15%, I think the same should be introduced for electricity consumption. As for to prices, the EC must present proposals immediately, we cannot wait weeks and months,” Michel said, pointing out that the EC was “acting late”.
He also acknowledged that different countries have different approaches and expectations, which is why the discussion is not easy.
“That’s why we need a plan that takes these aspects into account. I wouldn’t want the next G20 leaders’ meeting in October to be talking about the same things we discussed in March, May and June. I hope we have concrete proposals before October,” Michelle said.
He foresees a difficult period for the economy, but believes that by remaining united, the EU will overcome it.
“We are facing a difficult period. There are supply chain issues, inflation and rising energy costs,” Michel pointed out.