The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) is calling on the government to start efforts to reduce Hungary’s dependence on Russian energy.
It has become clear over the past few weeks that there are various forms of becoming independent from Russian energy, deputy group leader Gergely Arató told an online press conference on Wednesday. Viktor Orbán’s government is the only one within the European Union that “is unable, or rather unwilling” to become independent from Russian energy, he added.
DK’s group will submit a draft resolution to “call the government to account” about what it has done so far and what it is planning to do to become independent from Russian energy, he said. DK will ask the cabinet to start consultations with EU member countries about joint gas acquisition and to establish the contact points that enable Hungary to become better integrated into the EU gas and electricity market, he added.
DK proposes that the cabinet should expand the use of renewable energy and launch a home renovation scheme that does not require self-financing, Arató said.
He also said that DK would not support the introduction of energy sanctions as long as Russian energy cannot be replaced.
featured image: Gergely Arató; via Tamás Kovács/MTI