EU states at odds on energy prices

That emerges from conclusions on Thursday evening. First of all, the EU countries should intervene nationally in order to protect consumers and companies from high costs in the short term. The discussions are to be continued at a special meeting of the energy ministers next Tuesday.

The hour-long talks were held up by the Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, among others, according to EU circles. He insisted on mentioning the EU emissions trading system in the conclusions. It now says that the Commission, together with the EU financial regulator ESMA, should take a closer look at the market for carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The commission should determine whether measures against “certain trading behavior” are necessary.

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