Proximity to Ukraine
“Italy and the Netherlands are united in proximity to Ukraine, its citizens and its institutions, in the founding values ​​of the EU and in the transatlantic link”. These are the words of Prime Minister Mario Draghi after his meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. The condemnation of the massacres
“We reiterate our firm condemnation for the massacres of civilians documented in recent days, full light must be shed on war crimes, Moscow will have to account for what happened”, added the premier. New sanctions on Russia hypothesis
Mario Draghi also addressed our country’s position on the issue of sanctions against Russia. “The EU commission has announced a new package of sanctions that Italy strongly supports, we are ready for new steps also on the energy front together with our partners. The EU must show conviction and speed, ”he said.
“In the last European council we shared a large package of possible measures now under consideration by the EU commission. Now is the time to act ”, said Prime Minister Draghi.
“The terror of war has returned to our continent. I agree 100% with Draghi’s call for an end to violence in Ukraine. We are also convinced that we continue to support and help Ukraine. In this sense, sanctions are very important, ”said Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
“The European Commission – he continued – will continue to form packages of sanctions. Hopefully it’s not necessary, but the moment is crucial. We try to reach agreements quickly ”and to make sure that“ Russia’s dependence on gas and energy decreases ”.
As for the gas price cap “it has pros and cons, we do not completely agree but we said we will be pragmatic”, said Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte explaining that “we must act as a European Union” and do so “quickly”. How to deal with the rise in the price of energy
The premier then addressed the discourse of energy and economic policy on which “we must find the same spirit” of the pandemic, he said.
“We need structural solutions that limit the price of energy” to protect families and businesses, added Draghi. “Energy policy interventions cannot weigh only on the national public budget, they must be structural. It’s time to act, ”he added.
“We have to make decisions about how to manage the huge expenses our governments face. Italy and Holland share the need to make our economies more modern, more competitive but also more supportive ”, said Prime Minister Draghi.
“The costs of the war are added to the investments for the ecological transition, for the digital transition, for the common defense – he added -. The costs for these expenses are unsustainable for any national budget, we must find new tools to deal with them while making sure that resources are spent effectively and, I always add, honestly ”. The topic of renewable energies
Draghi then touched on the issue of renewables on which “we must take a step forward, make these authorizations that are stopping new installations possible very quickly, I believe that there is a good consensus in the government, and what we will do in the next council. of ministers or the next “. Gas price ceiling
“Paying these prices completely different from world gas prices means, in a certain sense, unconsciously and indirectly, financing the war. If a blockade cannot be achieved, the alternative could be to impose a cap on the price of gas. This is an alternative that we briefly discussed with Mark that we will continue to examine, ”Draghi later reported.
Then the premier admitted that he was unable to convince Rutte on the gas roof: “I could not convince him, but he took a fundamental step: he assured me that there is no” question “of principle and he said he was available to examine all the reasons and have an open discussion “.
“I can be convinced” on the gas price roof “if the benefits outweigh the problems, we have to be pragmatic,” said Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
“Yes it’s true, we also talked about it during the last European council”, confirmed Rutte. “We do it together, regardless of Europe – he added -: Italy and the Netherlands will see what the possibilities and tools are in our industries. This is how it must be, hindsight becomes an ideology, and we do not want to make an ideology on the price of gas: it works or it doesn’t work, then we decide ”. Decreasing energy dependence on Russia
Energy dependence on Russia “must be decreased” we must “act as the EU, seek all possibilities to find a solution” aiming at a “diversification of sources” and accelerating the “transition to sustainable ones. We will be pragmatic: we will do what works and not what doesn’t ”, said the Dutch premier.
Mario Draghi also spoke of those who are in trouble right now: “We need to help families, especially the poorest ones and businesses, especially those that consume the most energy. The government is already doing it ”and“ the availability is still there ”,“ we have to move on different paths ”. Prime Minister Mario Draghi said so.
Then a clarification on the sanctions: “Indecent
Of indecent there are only the massacres that we see every day,” said the premier.

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