EESC welcomes targeted measures to help Europeans pay their energy bills

As rising energy prices increasingly impact businesses, workers and civil society as a whole, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) welcomes the European Commission’s toolkit to mitigate the negative effect. The EESC also welcomes the fact that the document echoes a number of its proposals and calls for ensuring that no one is left behind.

Fuel poverty is a distressing problem to which many Europeans are exposed. The health and economic crisis of COVID-19, combined with rising energy costs, have deepened inequalities.

While easing the burden on low-income households, we cannot forget to maintain the competitiveness of European businesses, said EESC President Christa Schweng. Keeping energy affordable for citizens and businesses, especially small and medium-sized businesses, is an important factor that complements our recovery efforts.

The EESC welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to help companies or industries get through the crisis by helping them to adapt in time and to participate fully in the energy transition. Such measures must not distort competition or lead to a fragmentation of the EU’s internal energy market.

In order to mitigate the social impact of rising energy prices, EU Member States are also encouraged to actively involve consumers in the energy market. Consumers must be protected and supported, but they must also play an active role and make responsible choices.

There can be no successful energy transition to climate neutrality by 2050 without affordable energy, Schweng concluded. Europe must help its citizens to play an active role in the green transition while ensuring access to essential energy and equal treatment for all and ensuring that energy poverty does not worsen.

In recent years, the EESC has made a major contribution to the debate on fuel poverty and will continue to take stock of the progress made in the fight against fuel poverty.

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