MOSCOW, 10 Oct – PRIME. The former mayor of Riga, MEP from Latvia Nil Ushakov fears that some municipalities in European countries may be left without heating this winter. He sent a corresponding letter to the European Commission, reports RT.
Ushakov asked what measures the EC could take to support residents who are suffering greatly from the energy crisis. According to him, the EU’s energy policy is not conducive to resolving the energy crisis.
The deputy recalled that in accordance with the initiative to adopt a Council resolution on emergency intervention to respond to high energy prices, the EC intends to reduce energy consumption and redistribute excess profits of energy companies in favor of consumers.
“The redistribution of profits of energy companies in Latvia will not give any additional effect, since the Latvian Latvenergo is a state-owned company whose profits go to the state budget,” Ushakov explained.
He noted that Latvia’s cold winter climate also limits the possibilities for reducing energy consumption.
“In addition, in addition to unbearably high energy prices, some large municipalities in Latvia, such as Daugavpils and Rezekne, are experiencing difficulties in obtaining the necessary volumes of gas or wood chips for heating,” Ushakov added.
The MP asked if the European Commission takes into account the fact that some municipalities in the EU countries may be left without heating this winter. However, he wondered if the EC would consider intervening if national governments could not come up with urgent solutions.