Economy Minister János Kóka gave details of his proposal to set up a national energy council yesterday.
The council should review Hungary's energy strategy in terms of the economy, foreign affairs, security and social policy, Kóka told a joint meeting of parliament's economic and foreign affairs committees. He said its members should include government and opposition members as well as representatives of civil society, companies and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
The chairman of Hungarian oil and gas company Mol Nyrt, Zsolt Hernádi, expressed support for the proposal. He said it was important that the public should be made aware of the costs of guaranteeing the security of supplies. He said the issue of using alternative energy resources needed to be handled with care because as long as large countries like the United States avoided this path, pursuing it in Hungary would put the country at a competitive disadvantage. (Mti)