What does the EU’s gas rationing plan mean for Europe?

Energy ministers backed the plan after bloc agreed to ‘water down’ restrictions

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wants member states to present a united front on energy supply
(Image credit: Thierry Monasse/Getty Images)

EU energy ministers have agreed to plans to reduce gas usage across the bloc this winter in a bid to protect against further supply cuts by Russia.

All 27 member states apart from Hungary are backing proposals to reduce gas consumption by 15% from August to March. But the number of exemptions demanded by EU nations has forced the European Commission to “water down” its original plan, said The Guardian.

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