Hungary Votes Against EC Proposal on Cutting Gas Consumption 

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Hungary voted against a European Commission proposal to extend a Council regulation on a 15% reduction of gas consumption at a meeting of European Union energy ministers in Brussels on Tuesday, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said.

Speaking at a press conference during a break at the meeting, Szijjártó said Hungary and Poland were the only member states to oppose the proposal.

He noted that Hungary and Poland opposed the initial regulation, too, and are contesting the measure at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on the grounds it should have required a unanimous decision.

Szijjártó said the 15% reduction is "extraordinarily risky" and "will not solve the problem". He added that the proposal on cutting consumption was made instead of making an effort to find additional sources of supply or make infrastructure developments.

He said the measure also exceeds Brussels' scope of power as it infringes upon member states' sovereign right to determine their own energy mix.

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