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EU ministers delay decision on energy crisis measures

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EU ministers delay decision on energy crisis measures

In the face of rising electricity prices, the European Union (EU) is determined to channel some of the profits of energy companies to help consumers, both those who use fossil fuels and those who use renewable sources.

EU energy ministers have reached a “general agreement” on emergency measures to tackle the energy crisis and have asked the European Commission to work out the details over the next two weeks, Environment and Climate Action Minister Duarte Cordeiro said at a press conference at the end of the meeting in Brussels. ~

“Portugal has pushed for the early development of a joint platform for the purchase of gas from the EU,” said a Portuguese official, one of the areas in which the European Commission will work.

A new extraordinary meeting of energy ministers is due to be convened later this month to approve a final and detailed package of five emergency measures.

“We must be sure that we will not disappoint citizens and businesses. When Russian President Putin launched the energy war, he intended to divide us and damage our democratic societies and economies. He will not do this,” said Josef Sikela. Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, the country that holds the Presidency of the Council of the EU.

The measures aim to “soften current high prices and support declining demand for gas and electricity to bolster the EU’s winter preparedness,” the outcome document says.

Lack of consensus on a price ceiling for imported gas

The most controversial measure is the introduction of a ceiling on the price of imported gas. Some countries advocate that it apply to all suppliers. Most Member States and the European Commission believe that it should be limited to what comes through the gas pipelines linking Russia with the territory of the Union.

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“We have to be careful not to jeopardize the current security of supply situation. The LNG market is global. We can replace declining Russian supplies with alternative suppliers,” said Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy.

Measures under consideration:

  1. Limit the income of low-cost infra-margin electricity producers (companies using renewable and nuclear sources but benefiting from high gas prices).
  2. Introduce a solidarity contribution from fossil fuel companies (companies trading in gas and oil)
  3. Offer emergency and temporary intervention, including gas price caps. In the case of imports from “specific jurisdictions” in a veiled reference to Russia, it was decided to ask for “finishing on the possible introduction of such a measure.”
  4. Submit a proposal to encourage coordinated consumption reduction and reduction of electricity in the EU (no consensus yet on whether this will be mandatory or voluntary)
  5. Develop emergency liquidity tools that ensure that market participants have sufficient collateral at their disposal to meet margin requirements and account for rising volatility in the futures markets.

The Portuguese government recalled that the new legislation would take into account the so-called Iberian exemption mechanism, which already limits the price paid for gas in Spain and Portugal.

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Portuguese plan to save energy, explosions on Russian gas pipelines and other TSF events

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Portuguese plan to save energy, explosions on Russian gas pipelines and other TSF events

Details of the energy saving plan laid out by the government were released on Tuesday. The document, published in Diário da República, includes measures for the efficient use of water, public lighting and temperature limits in air conditioners.

For example, from December 6, 2022 to January 6, 2023, Christmas lighting in Portugal should only be on from 18:00 to 24:00.

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The abolition of fees for teaching Portuguese abroad will not be accepted by parliament, MP says – Observer

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According to Socialist MP Paulo Pisco, the views of the BE, PCP and PAN on the abolition of fees for teaching Portuguese abroad were voted on Tuesday in a parliamentary committee.

The Committee on Foreign Affairs and Portuguese Communities voted on Tuesday in favor of four projects – from the Left Bloc, the Communist Party of Portugal, “People-Animal-Nature” and “Enough”, which mainly advocate the abolition of fees for teaching Portuguese abroad and free school textbooks.

According to Paulo Pisco, a socialist member of the commission, the opinions of the BE, PKP and PAN were approved, but Chega’s opinion deserved to be abstained from the PS because it contained “xenophobic elements” in its purpose.

The MP had in mind, in particular, the recipients of this teaching, which is currently intended not only for the Portuguese or the descendants of the Portuguese, but also for those who want to learn the Portuguese language, with which Chega allegedly disagrees, according to Paulo Pisco. .

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After the approval of these opinions, the abolition of the bribe would be discussed and voted on in the plenary session of the Assembly of the Republic, but Paulo Pisco said that they should not be approved, since the “commitment” of the government is different.

“The government’s obligation is to reduce the burden of the Portuguese” and this will always be determined “in every approved state budget”.

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Portuguese health minister rejects conflict of interest over marriage to president

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The health minister said there was no conflict of interest in her marriage to the current chairman of the Order of Dietitians, saying that the trusteeship of that body had been delegated to the Secretary of State for Health Promotion.


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“Honestly, I don’t think it exists. I have no doubt that this Lady Secretary of State will fill this leadership role,” Manuel Pizarro said on Monday (age 26) on the sidelines of the Pharmacist’s Day celebrations in Sintra, in the Lisbon area.

Aware of the possible conflict of interest, Manuel Pizarro explained that he took “the most appropriate measure (…)”, which was to entrust the functions of guardianship of the Order of Nutritionists to Margarida Tavares.”

“(…) Since I took office as a minister, I have been aware that, since professional organizations have an administrative oversight role, (…) there is a risk of conflict of interest, and I have taken the measures that seem to me the most appropriate, which from the very decided at the outset that he would delegate this oversight function over the Order of Nutritionists to the Secretary of State for Health Promotion,” he stressed.

When asked about the reasons why Margarida Tavares’ name still does not appear in the Diário da República, the official said that “it was necessary to wait for the inauguration of the secretaries of state” and then “to organize the whole process of delegation of authority.” .

“It’s even a good chance that there is a Secretary of State for Health Promotion. I think custody of the Order of Dietitians has been well handed over to the Secretary of State for Health Promotion,” he repeated, noting that “he definitely won’t go through the Minister’s order.” [da Saúde]”.

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“If the secretary of state is responsible for this, it should not go through the minister,” he stressed.

Manuel Pizarro’s statements came after news that the government official may have a conflict of interest because he is married to the chairman of the Order of Dietitians, Alexandra Bento.

The Order of Dietitians was created in 2011 with the approval of the current Minister of Health, who at the time served as Secretary of State for Health.

In addition, Alexandra Bento was the only President of the Order of Occupational Health to attend the inauguration of Manuel Pizarro on 10 September.

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