Hungary imposes heating limit — Analysis

The government has launched a firewood program for the benefit of the people, and brown coal production will increase.

The government of Budapest ordered that all public institutions in Hungary must adhere to a temperature limit of 18 degrees Celsius this winter.

Speaking at a briefing on Thursday, Gergely Gulyas, the minister in charge of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s office, said: “Heating restrictions in all public institutions will be implemented. According to them, it can’t be hotter than 18C for offices.

Although the official recognized that not all places will be able to comply with this rule, particularly those without thermostats or heating systems, he said some may find it difficult. Gulyas announced another measure: a reduction in the gas consumption of state institutions except for hospitals and facilities that provide social housing.

Minister says the government made the decision at Wednesday’s meeting, during which officials said that Europe was facing an economic crisis and energy scarcity.

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On a more positive note, Gulyas assured Hungarians that the central European country’s gas reservoirs currently stand at 65.4%, meaning there is enough fuel to see the nation through for 80 days. Gulyas stated that Hungary does not suffer as much from gas shortages than other EU members. He claimed, too that Russia’s military offensive against Ukraine has resulted in the imposition of sanctions on Russia.

Gulyas stated that the Hungarian government launched a program to provide support for its citizens. The official stated that every citizen would be entitled to purchase at least 10 m3 of wood direct from the forestry farms for a fixed price.

The minister also revealed that Budapest intends to boost brown-coal production during the next months.

In July 2008, Hungary declared an emergency energy situation.

Gas prices in Europe surged in late February and have remained considerably higher than last year’s levels. The result has been an increase in inflation overall.

Gazprom, Russia’s energy giant, announced Monday that it will not continue supplying EU customers gas via Nord Stream 1 due to maintenance problems and sanctions. Moscow stated that it would continue to be the same situation until Western sanctions are removed.

Meanwhile, the EU has charged Russia with supplying energy weapons.



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