Germany and five other EU countries commit to solidarity as blackouts loom

(EurActiv, 27 Jun 2022) Germany, Austria, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on risk preparedness and solidarity in the electricity sector as the danger of blackouts becomes more realistic in light of the dwindling energy supplies coming from Russia.

The six countries signed the MoU ahead of the meeting of energy ministers that took place in Luxembourg on Monday (27 June) in accordance with the EU’s 2019 risk preparedness regulation.

“I have just signed a Memorandum of Understanding with our European, Eastern European colleagues that we want to help each other with energy security,” explained Robert Habeck, Germany’s vice-chancellor and minister for economy and climate.

The agreement, seen by EURACTIV, reads that the signatories “wish to confirm their intention to maintain and strengthen their cooperation on risk preparedness in the electricity sector”.

Heading into the next winter, with energy supplies from Russia fraught, the six governments are pre-coordinating their approach for the worst-case scenario.

Throughout the day, Habeck sought to push for additional agreements with his fellow energy ministers. 

“This morning and also just during the lunch break, we agreed on such preliminary agreements or key points in the area of electricity and then also gas with the Eastern European and now South-Eastern European neighbours,” he told reporters after lunch.

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EurActiv, 27 Jun 2022: Germany and five other EU countries commit to solidarity as blackouts loom