Tackling rising energy prices: a toolbox for action and support

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Series Details COM (2021) 660
Publication Date 13/10/2021
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Communication published by the European Commission on 13 October 2021, aimed at addressing the rise in global energy prices which was projected to last through the winter.

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This Communication aims to enact and support appropriate measures to mitigate the impact of temporary energy price rises. While the EU's policy framework allows Member States to take targeted measures to protect vulnerable consumers and tackle impact on industry, the Commission decided to present a toolbox to allow a co-ordinated approach. The package aims to address negative effects of sudden price hikes and ensure affordability without fragmenting the European single energy market or jeopardizing investments in the energy sector and the green transition.

The document also provides an outlook onto coordinated measure the Commission considers to take over the medium-term to ensure a better preparedness to gas price fluctuations while reducing the EU's dependence on fossil fuels.

Source Link https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=COM:2021:660:FIN
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EurActiv, 07/10/2021: The EU’s ‘toolbox’ against soaring energy prices https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy/news/leak-the-eus-toolbox-against-soaring-energy-prices/
BEUC: Press Release, 13/10/2021: Rising energy prices: EU package of measures good for consumers https://www.beuc.eu/publications/rising-energy-prices-eu-package-measures-good-consumers/html

EurActiv, 29/09/2021: EU leaders to discuss soaring energy prices https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy-environment/news/eu-leaders-to-discuss-soaring-energy-prices/
Euronews, 04/10/2021: Europe's energy crisis: EU divided over response to soaring, 'unbearable' prices https://www.euronews.com/2021/10/04/europe-divided-over-response-to-soaring-unbearable-energy-prices
Associated Press, 04/10/2021: France, Spain press for changes as EU energy prices surge https://apnews.com/article/28b030967f667af75dca9bd459ac6f35
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RFE/RL, 05/10/2021: EU Looking Into Complaints That Russia Is Pushing Up Gas Prices https://www.rferl.org/a/eu-gazprom-gas-prices-complaints/31494652.html
Kathimerini, 05/10/2021: Greece proposes EU-wide mechanism on rising energy costs https://www.ekathimerini.com/economy/1169150/greece-proposes-eu-wide-mechanism-on-rising-energy-costs/
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RTÉ News, 13/10/2021: EU outlines measures to target high energy prices https://www.rte.ie/news/world/2021/1013/1253390-eu-energy/
BBC News, 13/10/2021: Russia denies weaponising energy amid Europe gas crisis https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-58896847
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Deutsche Welle, 17/10/2021: EU warns of fuel poverty due to energy price crunch https://p.dw.com/p/41mmj

European Commission: Topics: Energy Prices https://ec.europa.eu/energy/topics/markets-and-consumers/EU-energy-prices_en
GUE/NGL Group: News, 06/10/2021: Energy prices in Europe are skyrocketing. We will not let corporate greed win! https://left.eu/medias/video/energy-prices-in-europe-are-skyrocketing-we-will-not-let-corporate-greed-win/
European Commission: Press Release, 13/10/2021: Energy prices: Commission presents a toolbox of measures to tackle exceptional situation and its impacts* https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_21_5204
European Commission: Questions and Answers: Commission Communication on Energy Prices (13 October 2021) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/qanda_21_5202
European Commission: Speech by Commissioner Simson on the Communication on Energy Prices (13 October 2021) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/speech_21_5244

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