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Before a summit of EU leaders on Wednesday, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán called on the European Union to rethink its policy on energy prices.

Speaking in Brdo, in Slovenia, the prime minister made a brief statement that the European Commission was partially to blame for recent energy price rises. Unless regulations are changed, “everyone will be put at a disadvantage”, Orbán said. Hungary, he added, will not be affected by the price hikes for now, given the current regime of price caps. The prime minister said that Hungary also regarded the EU Green Deal proposal, which he insisted involved an indirect tax on homeowners and car owners, as “unacceptable”. Orbán said after the meeting in response to a question by the press that the main responsibility lied with Frans Timmermans, vice president of the European Commission in charge of the area, because “his calculations were incorrect and the EU’s residents must now pay the extra price”. Orbán added that “the prices will continue to rise every day unless this foolish plan is withdrawn”. He called for the suspension of the EU’s emissions trading system and said that “we have to return to realities”.