Brussels and the ‘dollar left’ needs to stop hindering the development of energy storages in Hungary, Fidesz–KDNP MEP András Gyürk stated after a plenary debate about the topic on Tuesday.
After the debate, the MEP said: ‘Because of the failed sanctions policies, it was mainly our gas storages that helped manage the energy crisis, and the future of electricity market is [also] unimaginable without further development in the area of energy storage. Brussels and the ‘dollar left’ need to immediately stop trying to block access to EU funds.’
He opined that the worst case scenario of the energy crisis was avoided last winter, adding that this was achievable thanks to the willingness for sacrifice of the people, and to the high levels of gas stored in reserve. He underlined that filling up gas reserves will be imperative this year as well, thus, ‘we need to do everything we can to secure sufficient amounts of gas.’
The Fidesz–KDNP MEP pointed out that in the future, in order to maintain energy security in Hungary, storage facilities will become even more essential, therefore
rapid and efficient development is required in this field.
‘On the one hand, we need a coherent regulatory environment and well-developed programmes. On the other hand, we need to focus on a technology-neutral approach, and in doing so we need to support the relevant industry and research projects accordingly,’ he added.
Gyürk emphasised that creating modern energy storage facilities is a costly endeavour, so he called upon the European Commission to ‘provide immediate access to each members states to the funds they are entitled to.’
‘This is why it is important that Brussels and the ‘dollar left’ should stop hindering the creation of energy independence and climate protection in Central Europe…and stop blocking the payment of EU funds to Hungary and Poland,’ Gyürk nailed down.