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Tuesday, 13 September 2022 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

EU response to the increase in energy prices in Europe (debate)

  Frances Fitzgerald (PPE). – Madam President, for too long Europe has been weak on energy policy. Now, with war having returned to Europe, we find ourselves exposed. Putin is trying to use energy as a weapon against Europe and our support indeed for Ukraine.

We cannot let him win. Increases in energy prices are putting the viability of many small businesses at risk, increasing the potential for job losses and business failures, and, of course, decreasing opportunities for our young people.

A difficult winter of uncertainty is ahead. We need a package of measures. We need to reduce taxes on fuel. We need to diversify our energy sources and move more quickly to renewables. And we need to tax the super-profits of energy companies benefiting from high prices.

Our citizens should not be left out in the cold or in the dark this winter. We have to take action. It is time for the Commission, for Parliament and the Member States to take that action immediately. Our communities and our citizens need it.

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