Von der Leyen calls Russian attacks on civilian infrastructure in Ukraine “war crimes”

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  • The president of the European Commission insists that they will continue to support kyiv “as long as necessary” and urges the Twenty-seven to maintain unity

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  • Although it is not in his proposal to intervene in the gas market, he insists that the “Iberian model” to decouple the price of electricity deserves to be studied

Von der Leyen calls Russian attacks on Ukrainian civilian infrastructure

The selective attacks of RussiaAgainst civilian infrastructure in Ukraine, such as the power grid, are “war crimes”. so They are considered by the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, who has harshly attacked the latest bombings ordered by Vladímir Putin. “Selective attacks against civilian infrastructure with the clear objective of leaving without water, electricity and heating killing men, women and children with the arrival of winter are acts of pure terror and we have to call them that”, he denounced during his speech before the strong>full session of the European Parliament, on the eve of the European Council to be held this 20th and 21st in Brussels with the focus on the war in Ukraine and the energy in Ukraine”. a.

The German has also insisted that this is the time to stay the course and stay committed to kyiv. “We will support Ukraine for as long as it takes and we will protect Europeans from the other war that Putin is waging against our energy. I know that Europeans are worried about inflation >, for your energy bills, for the winter The best answer to Putin's gas blackmailis European unity and solidarity”, he recalled the need to maintain unity both on Ukraine and on such a divisive issue as measures to stop the escalation of energy prices.

“More must be done to solve the rise in prices and the manipulation of the Russian market”, she recalled, satisfied, however, with the fact that in eight months they have managed to replace two-thirds of the gas coming from from Russia, with a cut this September of 80% of shipments by gas pipeline. “We have not given in to this blackmail. We have resisted, but resisting Russia's coercion has a price. European families have seen their bills skyrocket and our companies struggle to maintain their competitiveness,” he admitted, going on to outline the new plan designed by its services to intervene the price of gas.

It does not include the possibility of decoupling the price of gas from that of electricity, as suggested by She herself for weeks, because she continues to fear that consumption in the EU will skyrocket or that the club will end up subsidizing electricity from third countries. But Von der Leyen has once again recognized that the model of the 'Iberian mechanism', which has made it possible to lower the price of electricity in Spain and Portugal “deserves to be studied at the EU level” and ensures that he will not leave “no stone left unturned”.

Leaders Summit, next stop

The plan, which the leaders will examine at the summit at the end of the week, revolves around three measures: joint gas purchases -mandatory 15% of the necessary volumes to fill the tanks – so that the companies of the Member States take advantage of their joint bargaining power and prevent some countries from bidding against others because “sharing gas is absolutely critical”; solidarity to ensure that all countries have access to fossil fuel in times of crisis; and measures to temporarily correct skyrocketing gas prices. The German has said that last March the idea of ​​capping the price did not obtain support among the Twenty-seven. In fact, the measure is still not viewed favorably in some capitals such as Berlin.

Faced with this situation, Brussels has chosen to propose a temporary price correction mechanismwhile they design a new reference index, alternative to the Dutch TTF to which gas contracts in Europe are currently indexed. “It will take some time so as an interim measure, we will cap prices through the TTF. We call it the Market Correction Mechanism and yesterday we proposed some guiding principles as a first step. On this basis, we will prepare the operational mechanism in a second step”, explained Von der Leyen, who has announced the intention of the Community Executive to present a proposal to increase the “power” of the RepowerEU programme.

< p>“Only Member States with sufficient fiscal space can undertake critical investments. This will inevitably unbalance the conditions of our single market. Therefore, we not only need RepowerEU now, but we have to accelerate it and increase its firepower. We will present a proposal that will give all Member States the same opportunity to prepare for the future”, he announced. The next step now will be the discussion of the plan at the level of Heads of State and Government. According to the Czech Minister of European Affairs, Mikulas Bek, there is a “broad consensus” on the areas in which action must be taken to control prices, there are still “divergences”.