Tensions on energy prices: "it can last all winter," warns Thierry Breton
Electricity, gas, fuels...The energy prices are soaring and this "affects all French people, all Europeans, and to a certain extent the whole planet", noted the European Commissioner on the internal market on Sunday, the French Thierry Breton.On the eve of a meeting, Monday, of the finance ministers of the 27 which will look at the issue, Thierry Breton promised that the European Commission would activate the instruments which will allow governments to limit the damage on invoices."It is by the hands of the States," recalled the commissioner, according to which 35 to 36 million Europeans are now put in difficulty by the price increase.The subject is hot.Europe was arrested by Spanish and Italian governments.In France, Bruno Le Maire denounced Friday in Public Senate an "obsolete" system."The European Single Electricity Market does not work, it is absurd.(...) Il faut revoir de fond en comble(son) fonctionnement», a déclaré le ministre français de l'Économie.
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Seen from Brussels, Thierry Breton approved measures of the energy check type like the one that the French government has decided to strengthen."Europe pushes, encourages, states" to be concerned with the subject.You have to anticipate, played Thierry Breton who warns: "This situation of tension can last all winter". En cause, a-t-il rappelé, des facteurs conjoncturels(une reprise plus vive qu'attendue), un manque de vent, et des tensions géopolitiques.
Thierry Breton took the opportunity to suggest several weaknesses of energy policy such as dependence, in particular Germany, with Russian gas.According to him, wind power cannot be the only response to the challenge of decarbonation.Nuclear, "transition energy", is one of them.If its share in total European production is called upon to decrease by 26% today to 16% in 2050, the volume of electricity production must have doubled at the same time.Conclusion: the existing nuclear power plants should not be closed until they are deemed safe by the authorities.
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In addition to energy prices, the return of inflation relaunches the issues of purchasing power.Europe is working on a minimum wage. Mais Thierry Breton insiste également sur la piste du meilleur partage de la valeur(intéressement et participation).
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"Europe, world pharmacy"
On the front line since the beginning of the year on the subject of the production of COVVID vaccines, Thierry Breton was obviously welcomed the path traveled.Today Europe produces 300 million doses per month, which allows it to calmly consider the hypothesis of a third dose.Having become the first producer, she is a bit "the pharmacy of the world", slipped the commissioner for whom the issue is now for us who "are very lucky to be Europeans", as well as for the United States,to accelerate donations to poor countries, and to help the development of a vaccination production tool in Africa.We must also continue.
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If Europe has conquered its vaccination autonomy in a few months, this is not the case in the field of semiconductors.On an Asian tour next week, after a trip to the United States at the end of the week, the European Commissioner recalls that 40 billion euros are mobilized across the Union, by the Commission and the States, to strengthen theindustrial capacities of the old continent on a market dominated at 70% by Asian players. Thierry Breton compte bien faire pousser en Europe «au moins deux usines d'ici la fin de(son) mandat», une promesse qui s'appuie sur des «négociations déjà très avancées».
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