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Energy poverty impacting millions of EU citizens

Jerome Hughes

Press TV, Brussels

As COVID-19 restrictions are eased, millions across the EU are returning to work. However, many businesses are struggling to stay afloat due to rising energy prices.

The pandemic has resulted in more people working from home than ever before. Their bills are also out of control. EU energy ministers met on Saturday to discuss the crisis.

Consumers are angry at the EU for not being better prepared to ensure sufficient supplies. Governments in 22 of the 27 EU member states have taken temporary steps to try and support businesses and households, but so-called energy poverty continues to rise.

The European Commission acknowledges Russia has honored all of its gas supply contracts. Moscow insists it's willing to supply more if new contracts are signed. This has already happened with Germany and Turkey, the Kremlin says.

As was stated recently in the European Parliament, perhaps the best way to ensure energy security would be for the EU to stop using Ukraine to provoke Russia. This, as Ukraine is corrupt to the core and at the highest levels, according to the European Court of Auditors which is the EU's financial watchdog.

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