The Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, asked energy suppliers this Friday, September 30 to make additional efforts to guarantee “reasonable prices” to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), accusing them of not sufficiently ” Play the game “adding that he intends to meet them on Wednesday at Bercy.
“I think today [les fournisseurs d’énergie] do not sufficiently play the game with their customers, especially SMEs”he said on Europe 1, directly citing TotalEnergies, Engie and EDF.
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That is why “We will bring together, with Agnès Pannier-Runacher next Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., all the energy companies to ask them to sign a code of conduct”continued the Minister.
An “imminent risk” of “production losses”
Companies will commit to “provide all French SMEs with reasonable electricity and energy prices, within a reasonable time frame, with reasonable conditions”with notably “the possibility of revision” if prices drop, according to Bruno Le Maire. He also insisted on “the possibility for the company to examine the contract without them having a knife to their throat”.
The European employers’ organization BusinessEurope had warned on Thursday that the high prices of gas and electricity in Europe posed a “imminent risk” of “production losses” and “stops of thousands of European companies”.
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Some energy suppliers offer SMEs “prices of around 600 or 700 euros per megawatt hour, where energy suppliers anticipate a price of 200 to 300 euros”accused Bruno Le Maire. ” It’s not acceptable “he lambasted.
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Energy ministers meeting in Brussels
At the same time, European energy ministers are meeting this Friday to try to approve emergency measures to stem the rise in gas and electricity prices and deal with the risks of social crisis and bankruptcies. businesses as winter approaches.
Meeting in Brussels, the ministers of the Twenty-Seven should validate the proposals presented in mid-September by the European Commission, aimed at recovering part of the “superprofits” energy producers to redistribute them to consumers, and reduce the demand for electricity.
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But a majority of Member States – 15, including France, Belgium, Italy and Spain – consider that the “most serious problem” : they are calling for a cap on wholesale gas prices on the European market.