The head of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, said that in the summer of 2022, bills in the EU countries for gas and electricity increased by 300% in the summer after Russia cut energy supplies. She noted that the EU was able to replace Russian energy supplies from other suppliers.
“Russia cut 80% of its gas supplies to Europe in 8 months, and last summer European energy prices skyrocketed, while our electricity and gas bills rose 300%,” said Ursula von der Leyen, speaking in the Canadian Parliament (quote from TASS). She added that the EU was also able to cut energy consumption by 20%.
On March 5, Ursula von der Leyen said that the EU has completely overcome dependence on Russian gas and oil. According to her, 80% of Russian gas exports were fully compensated by supplies from the United States and Norway. Eurostat reported that from August 2022 to January 2023, gas consumption in Europe fell by 19% compared to the average for the same period over the past five years.
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