The EU countries agreed to exclude Russian gas from contracts for joint purchases, the European Commission reported on November 24.

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Earlier, the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, Josef Sikela, said that the energy ministers of the EU countries had previously agreed on a new mechanism for joint gas purchases for the winter of 2023-2024.

In October 2022, the European Commission proposed to jointly purchase 13.5 billion cubic meters of gas to fill storage facilities in the winter of 2023-2024 (about 15% of the total need).

The authors of this idea suggest that joint large purchases will reduce wholesale prices, as well as remove the problem of competition for gas between the EU countries.