ER Editor: UPDATE – See this Zerohedge report:
Bulgaria & Czech Republic Join Growing List Pushing For Exemptions On Russian Oil Embargo
Russian Oil Ban Will Be Like “Dropping Atomic Bomb On Hungary’s Economy”: Orban
Orban is wanting a 4-5 year period to contemplate making energy supply changes:
Orbán too, said that Hungary “would need four to five years to revamp its energy system and become independent from Russian oil,” as summarized of his latest interview comments. Writes Euronews, “He noted that, while other EU states can bring additional crude barrels through their ports, Hungary, a landlocked country, lacks that alternative path.”
Thus it’s clear at this point that a growing list of countries, led by the example of the outspoken Hungarian leader, are less than eager to take up Ursula von der Leyen’s call to make ‘sacrifices’ for the sake of punishing Russia and Putin over the Ukraine invasion.
This is what we recently put out on Hungary, which was the first to refuse an embargo on Russian energy, titled
Hungary Definitively Rejects Sanctions On Russian Oil & Gas: We’ll Get Supplies “Without Interruption”
See this reasonable report from Deutsche Welle (government-subsidized MSM) titled
EU energy ministers hold crisis talks on capping Russian oil imports
Slovakia rejects Russian oil ban proposal
Slovakia warned on Wednesday that it will not be able to agree to the European Commission’s proposal for a ban on Russian oil, and has called for more time to find alternative fuel suppliers.
The proposed embargo is part of the latest Ukraine-related sanctions against Moscow that would see crude imports from Russia phased out within six months and refined products by the end of the year. An exemption was drafted for Slovakia and Hungary, which are heavily dependent on Russia, giving them until the end of 2023 to comply.
The proposed time frame “is unfortunately not enough,” Slovakia’s deputy economy minister in charge of energy policy told internet publication Politico on Wednesday. “We are expecting at least three years,” Karol Galek added, explaining that a key refinery in the country requires heavy Russian oil and that it’s impossible to secure alternative supplies within the proposed time frame. Last year, Slovakia got 96% of its oil from Russia.
Galek stressed that the current proposal “will destroy our European economy,” as it will not only hurt energy supplies in his country, but also in Austria, the Czech Republic and Ukraine.
The current blueprint for a ban on Russian oil has to be unanimously approved by the bloc’s 27 member states to come into force. Hungary has expressed reservations, saying the European Union has so far failed to give Budapest guarantees regarding its energy security.
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War needs to be made illegal – otherwise humanity destroys itself because it failed to work together. That sums it up, and yet this US war against Russia just like COVID, the economic sanctions, the energy shortages, the food shortages – ALL these manufactured crisis – are human made.
Hold the leaders accountable, make them responsible, no honesty, no political position – period. Integrity, trust and truth must be redeemed by society.
Thanks for this clarification.
“Various proposals have therefore been made, even supported by the European Parliament, such as the proposal to return to the principle of unanimity. “
Please it would be better to modify : “revenir sur” means here to REVERSE one’s former decision, not to return to it.
So the EU crooks now plan to reverse the rule of unanimity they had themselves established, with the hope of circumventing the vetoes issued by several EU states against their mad decisions and maintain their EU dictatorship in order to throw us continental European states once again into a war, this time with Russia (for the beginning).
Translation (thanks!): “The EU has no choice, it is playing for its skin. It must monopolize the field of political decision making without leaving the possibility for the states recalcitrant to the total dilution to be able to oppose vetoes on ideologically important issues such as the ban on Russian gas, the payment of Russian gas to Russia. Because delaying the implementation of these issues delays the collapse of the European socio-economic system and this, obviously, cannot wait.
The ideological dimension of this desire for a profound reform of the founding European treaties, supported by the Italian Prime Minister, is not even hidden: it is necessary to call into question unanimity in order to develop a common foreign policy for the EU and not be hindered in the adoption of sanctions against Russia. Since, obviously, this is what the EU’s foreign policy is all about.
Various proposals have therefore been made, even supported by the European Parliament, such as the proposal to return to the principle of unanimity. “
Billet du jour : la tentative de coup d’Etat des instances européennes
vendredi 6 mai 2022
“L’UE n’a pas le choix, elle joue sa peau. Elle doit monopoliser le champ de la décision politique, sans laisser la possibilité aux Etats récalcitrants à la dilution totale de pouvoir opposer des vetos, sur des questions idéologiquement aussi importantes que l’interdiction du gaz russe, du paiement du gaz russe à la Russie. Car retarder la mise en oeuvre de ces questions, retarde l’effondrement du système socio-économique européen et cela, manifestement, ne peut pas attendre.
La dimension idéologique de cette volonté de réforme profonde des Traités fondateurs européens, soutenue par le Premier ministre italien, n’est pas même cachée : il faut remettre en cause l’unanimité pour pouvoir développer une politique extérieure commune à l’UE et ne pas être entravé dans l’adoption des sanctions contre la Russie. Puisque, manifestement, c’est à peu près à cela que se résume la politique extérieure de l’UE.
Différentes propositions ont donc été faites, mêmes soutenues par le Parlement européen, comme celle consistant à revenir sur le principe de l’unanimité. “