Spain, Greece and Portugal have all come out against Brussels’ plan to lower consumption by 15% A gas storage container at the Enagas regasification plant in Barcelona, Spain, March 29, 2022 © AFP / Josep Lago

The governments of Spain, Greece and Portugal have all stated that they oppose an EU scheme that would see them slash their natural gas consumption by 15% over the winter.

Announced by the European Commission on Wednesday, the ‘Save Gas for a Safe Winter’ proposal would entail EU member states reducing their gas use by switching to other power sources and ordering their citizens to ration their own usage. If the commission’s proposal is adopted, member states would be required to report on their progress toward the 15% target every two months, and EU authorities would have the power to declare a state of emergency and make the reduction mandatory.

“I deeply regret to say that Spain does not support this proposal,” Spanish Energy Minister Teresa Ribera said shortly after its announcement. Mentioning that the plan had been revealed without a debate in the European Council, Ribera declared that the commission “cannot demand a sacrifice” when “they have not even asked our prior opinion.”

“Unlike other countries, we Spaniards have not lived beyond our means in terms of energy,” Ribera added. (RT)