Csaba Dömötör, parliamentary state secretary of the prime minister’s cabinet office, said government decisions on revamping the rules for how caps on household energy bills are applied are necessitated by the war in Ukraine and the economic crisis affecting the whole of Europe.
The war is “harming Europe the most”, Dömötör said in an interview on public radio. He noted that Hungary has had a cap on household energy bills in place for many years, and protecting Hungarian families as much as possible continued to be the government’s top priority. The cap scheme can be maintained if it is provided up to the price level of average consumption, he said, adding that detailed rules governing pricing and regulatory aspects were in the process of being worked out. The energy emergency board will soon finalise the new rules and a related decree will be issued shortly after, he said. The new scheme will take into account the situation of people living in small localities and large families, Dömötör said. It is unclear, he said, whether Europe will be supplied with enough gas, and the government must ensure sufficient quantities of gas are available for the winter. Foreign affairs and trade minister Péter Szijjártó is in charge of ensuring that gas storage facilities are filled up.
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