EU summit agrees on need for emergency energy measures

European leaders swiftly approved a plan on the EU’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine during an emergency summit in Brussels last night, strongly condemning Moscow’s military offensive against its neighboring country, an attack described as unprovoked and unjustified.

The EU response plan includes a section stipulating the need for emergency measures in the energy sector as a means of supporting EU member states against sharp energy price increases, following a proposal forwarded by Athens, according to government sources.

The European Commission will now need to offer a swift response as to how EU member states can provide additional support so that excessive energy-cost increases can be absorbed.

No finalized decisions on emergency energy-sector measures were reached at yesterday’s meeting of EU leaders. Instead, the leaders have passed on the issue to the European Commission.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis did not hold a news conference following yesterday’s summit, as had been anticipated, but instead returned directly to Athens. He is expected to update Greek president Katerina Sakellaropoulou on the summit’s developments at a meeting today.