Twelve EU countries have been hit by cuts in gas supply from Russia, EU climate policy chief Frans Timmermans said Thursday.
“Russia has armed energy and we have seen further gas outages announced in recent days. This is all part of Russia’s strategy to undermine our unity,” Timmermans told the European Parliament.
“Out of a total of twelve Member States are now affected by the unilateral cuts in Russian supply. Ten Member States have issued early warnings under the Security of Gas Supply Regulation,” he said.
“The risk of a complete gas outage is now more real than ever,” he stressed, adding that this is why it is important to adopt a regulation on gas storage along with other preparedness measures.
The twelve EU countries that are partially or fully affected by the Russian gas outages are: Lithuania, Bulgaria, Poland, Germany, Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The EU countries that issued early warning statements as a precaution are: Italy (26/02), Latvia (09/03), Croatia (25/04), Germany (30/03), Austria (30/03 ), Finland (06/05), Estonia (18/05), Denmark (20/06), the Netherlands (20/06) and Sweden (21/06).
Germany has just announced and informed the European Commission that it is moving to step 2 of the EU SoS regulation, the “alert” level, a European Commission spokesperson told CNN via email.
The “early warning” is the lowest level of crisis notification under the block’s security of gas supply regulation, accelerating the monitoring and information exchange requirements in the Member State concerned. Under this regulation, the natural gas undertakings concerned make the technical information available on a daily basis to the competent authority of the Member State.