The Kremlin has echoed the announcement that Russia will not fully resume gas supplies to Europe via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline unless sanctions against Moscow are lifted.
One of the countries most affected by the energy crisis GermanyA flash decision came from.
Federal Minister of Economy and Climate Protection, Robert Habeck, who decided to restructure the ministry in the face of the energy crisis, is establishing a new unit for energy security and economic stability for this purpose.
While the ministry spokesman confirmed the news in the media about the subject, the newly established unit is expected to create synergy and work more intensively on energy. Philipp Steinberg, who has been in charge of the 1st Department of Economic Policy until now, will assume the management of the new unit.
Klaus Müller, Chairman of the Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), the agency that regulates the energy market in Germany, announced that if Russia cuts off its gas supply completely, the gas storage facilities in the country can meet the demand for a maximum of 2.5 months.
Steinberg was also responsible for stabilization measures for companies like Uniper or Lufthansa. A spokesperson for the ministry said there would be no need for a new manager as the two departments will be merged. The new department in the Ministry of Economy will primarily deal with the consequences of the energy crisis triggered by Russia’s war against Ukraine.
NUCLEAR PLANT PRESSURE
Minister Habeck was the target of criticism, especially because of the gas tax. Habeck was the first to raise this issue.
Accordingly, the loss suffered by large gas importers due to the lack of gas shipments from Russia is aimed to be distributed to all gas customers.
However, it is unclear whether the energy company Uniper, which will be nationalized, will also benefit from this money legally.
SPD Co-Chair Lars Klingbeil told Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland that the gas tax is in the testing process.
There is also a dispute between the coalition partners about the closure of nuclear power plants.
Two of the three nuclear power plants will be kept as backup in the winter, and the third will be shut down at the end of the year. Coalition partner FDP, on the other hand, is in favor of keeping all three nuclear power plants operational until 2024.
Minister Habeck is being pressured by the FDP and the main opposition party.
MINISTER COMPLAINANT: WORKLOAD INCREASED
Economy Minister Robert Habeck also complained about the high workload in his ministry at the congress of the German Industrialists’ Association last week.
Stating that the staff working in his ministry fell ill and had burnout syndrome, Habeck said, “They can’t stand it any longer.”
Bloomberg recently wrote that Germany is looking for an alternative to Russian gas, the news reminded that Chancellor Scholz will travel to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE, and said, “The Chancellor will probably sign delivery contracts this weekend.”
Stating that 20 laws and 28 regulations were enacted in the last 9 months within the Ministry, Habeck said, “I need to count how many laws the Ministry of Economy has enacted in the last legislative period,” and said that he estimates this number to be less than the number issued in the last 9 months.
Russian state energy company Gazprom announced in April that it would suspend natural gas flow to GasTerra, which refuses to pay in rubles for the gas it supplies.
GasTerra, on the other hand, made a statement regarding the ruble payments and stated that Gazprom’s payment obligations for Russian natural gas would not be fulfilled.
Gazprom had also cut off gas supplies to Finland, which had previously refused to pay in rubles.
WHICH COUNTRIES ARE ON THE LIST?
With the decree signed by Putin, the list of ‘unfriendly countries’ became official in the past weeks.
The list published by the Russian government included the USA and all EU countries. Ukraine, Montenegro, Switzerland, Albania, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, North Macedonia, as well as Japan, South Korea, Australia, Micronesia, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan were also on the list.