Czech MEPs call for Green Deal revision due to war on Ukraine

Czech liberal MEPs from the ANO party – Ondřej Knotek, Ondřej Kovařík and Martin Hlaváček – warned that cutting dependency on fossil fuel imports contradicts the decarbonisation plans of several countries, including the Czech Republic. [Shutterstock]

The EU should assess the impact of the war on the Green Deal and the European energy sector, three Czech MEPs from Renew Europe have said.

Czech liberal MEPs from the ANO party – Ondřej Knotek, Ondřej Kovařík and Martin Hlaváček – warned that cutting dependency on fossil fuel imports contradicts the decarbonisation plans of several countries, including the Czech Republic.

“Plans to meet climate goals are now based on a switch from coal to natural gas and then to low-emission gas,” they said in a joint press release, adding that such plans should be withdrawn due to the current situation.

According to them, the call for an assessment of the impact of the war in Ukraine was also supported by MEPs from Poland, Germany, Romania, Denmark, Latvia, Sweden and Slovakia.

“The new geopolitical situation requires Europe to become energy self-sufficient. In addition to the development of renewable energy sources, we must use all available clean energy sources, including nuclear, and focus on energy efficiency,” Czech MEP Martin Hlaváček (ANO, Renew) said.

The ANO party of former Prime Minister Andrej Babiš – the leading opposition party in the Czech Parliament – also calls for postponement of coal phase-out in the Czech Republic till 2038, instead of planned 2033.

According to Václav Bartuška, the Czech government’s energy security commissioner, a coal revival might be necessary.

“It will be difficult, it will be complicated, it will mean a big modification of the EU’s Green Deal,” Bartuška told Czech Television. “We will rehabilitate coal, we will burn coal, fuel oil. But we can do it. It’s a big victory for nuclear and renewables,” he commented on the possible end of Russian gas imports.

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