Speaking at the Hungarian government’s weekly Kormányinfó press conference this afternoon, Gergely Gulyás, the minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office, announced that earlier today Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s cabinet decided to issue a state of danger due to the current energy crisis.
In an effort to combat the many challenges faced by Hungarian families and our economy, Minister Gulyás said that the government will enact a 7-point energy security action plan which includes the following steps:
- Domestic natural gas production will be increased to 2 billion cubic meters from the current 1.5 billion capacity.
- The government tasked Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó with securing additional gas supply sources in order to decrease Hungary’s energy dependence.
- An export ban on energy carriers and firewood has been implemented.
- The government will adopt measures to boost domestic lignite production.
- The Mátra power plant must be relaunched as soon as possible.
- The operation of the Paks nuclear power plant will be extended.
- Those who consume above the average energy consumption level must pay market price for their extra consumption.
Stay tuned for more details about the action plan in the coming days.