In absence of EU gas price cap, some countries plan to propose their own
A group of European Union countries will take the unusual step of drafting their own legislative proposal for an EU gas price cap, Poland's climate minister said on Friday, amid scepticism from Brussels over the idea.
At a meeting on Friday, ministers from EU countries debated whether to cap gas prices to tame soaring energy costs and inflation - an idea that has support from at least 15 states, but which is opposed by others including Germany, Europe's biggest gas market.
Polish climate minister Anna Moskwa said after the meeting - which did not yield a firm commitment from Brussels that the EU will propose a price cap - a group of countries would make a proposal of their own.
"We will prepare a legislative proposal when it comes to gas price caps," Moskwa told Reuters in an interview. Poland, Belgium, Italy and Greece are among the states that will draft the proposal, she said.
EU policies are usually proposed by the European Commission, after which EU countries and the European Parliament negotiate and approve the final law.