EU countries agree to cut natural gas consumption
01 August 2022 | 10:56 am
EU member states have agreed to cut back on the use of natural gas to protect themselves against any further supply cuts by Russia. EU energy ministers agreed that all EU countries should voluntarily cut gas use by 15% from August to March, compared with their average annual use during 2016-2021.
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