Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni complains that her government can no longer protect families and businesses against high energy prices. The state spends about five billion euros a month to limit the negative effects of high energy costs. This would not be sustainable for long without EU support.
Italy cannot meet its energy bill without EU action, Meloni said on Thursday in a live broadcast ahead of the annual meeting of the Association of Italian Municipalities (ANCI) in the northern Italian city of Bergamo.
EU ministers argue over gas price cap
Meanwhile, EU energy ministers in Brussels debated a proposal from the European Commission to limit gas prices to €275 per megawatt hour (MWh). Italian Energy and Environment Minister Gilberto Pichetto Fratin said the European Commission’s plan was insufficient.
On Tuesday, Meloni’s government approved a budget proposal with measures worth €35 billion for the coming year. EUR 21 billion must be used to curb high energy prices.