World Poland wants right to block EU plan to reduce gas demand, PM says
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WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday that a possible decision on a compulsory reduction in gas consumption in the European Union must be made unanimously, not by a qualified majority vote.
European Union countries bracing for further cuts in Russian gas supplies on Tuesday approved a weakened emergency plan to curb demand, after striking compromise deals to limit consumption reductions for some countries.
Under the plan the cuts could be made binding in a supply emergency, provided a majority of EU countries agree. Hungary was the only country that opposed the plan, two EU officials said.
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Poland had said it was against binding cuts, and on Thursday Morawiecki said he wanted to have the possibility to veto such a decision.
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"We absolutely favour such a vote in this matter - due to the fact that it concerns electricity, the energy mix - being in the mode of so-called unanimity, where Poland has the right to veto. We demand it," he told private broadcaster Polsat News.
"If the EU tries to coerce us into voting by qualified majority, we will protest strongly. If necessary, we will make a formal veto, and then, unfortunately, the attitude to this veto will depend on decisions of the bodies of the European Union."
Poland's climate minister said in a separate interview that Poland has already achieved a significant reduction in gas consumption and a discussion about compulsory cuts was "unnecessary".
"I hope it will never happen ... we will absolutely not support such a (compulsory) reduction, and in the worst case, if we are outvoted, we simply won't comply," Anna Moskwa told public broadcaster TVP.
(Reporting by Anna Wlodarczak-Semczuk; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
Gas emergency plan of the EU came into force .
with an emergency plan, the EU is giving up for a possible stop of Russian natural gas deliveries. The plan is now valid. If the emergency occurs in winter, the German countries want to have a say. © Patrick Pleul/DPA Central picture/dpa/picture Alliance The Erdgas Derichert station Mallnow of Gascade Gastransport GmbH at the German-Polish border After the publication of the Gas emergency plan in the EU on Monday, the plan was valid on Monday .