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Ministry: Hungary reduces gas consumption above EU expectations

Since last April, Hungary has reduced its gas consumption by 20 percent, similarly to the previous one-year period, as against the European requirement of 15 percent, the energy ministry reported on Tuesday.

Between 2017 and 2022, the country used an annual 10 billion cubic metres of natural gas on average, which has now been reduced to nearly 8 billion cubic metres, the ministry said.

The ministry’s statement added that other EU members reduced their consumption by an average 17.7 percent.

The statement noted that the EU directive introduced in August 2022 in response to an international energy crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, will be maintained as a recommendation for members.

“Hungary’s consistent position is that defining a member’s energy mix should stay a national competency; Hungary will not support any proposals running against that position,” the ministry added in its statement.

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