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SZIJJÁRTÓ: EC REFUSES TO FACE REALITY

The European Commission has "clearly not learnt from its recent mistakes" and refuses to face reality, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in Luxembourg on Tuesday.
 

The ministry cited Szijjártó telling a press conference after the European Union energy affairs ministers’ meeting that the measures introduced by Brussels had only deepened the energy crisis. It is most important to stay alert in the weeks to come when the EC drafts and submits concrete proposals, he said. The EC plans to “make another concealed attempt” to reduce member states’ powers and “sneakily expand” its own powers, Szijjártó said. “Hungary insists that decisions in matters connected to energy supplies should require the unanimous approval of all member states,” he added. The security of energy supplies is a priority for the government, which will not approve any proposal that would even slightly reduce it, he said. “We believe the good and genuine long-term solution would be to flood the European market with natural gas,” Szijjártó said. “The EC should help to ensure that natural gas arrives from as many sources as possible and through as many routes as possible,” he added.