19:36 / 07.05.2022.

Author: Katja Miličić

Croatian officials won’t say if they will see exemption from EU’s Russian oil sanctions

The European Commission has proposed a phased embargo on Russian oil

The European Commission has proposed a phased embargo on Russian oil

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Although Croatia supports the EU's sanctions on Russian oil, when it comes to energy policy, it is taking a careful approach to ensure it has enough energy supply, says Prime Minister Andrej Plenković. 

The European Commission has proposed a phased Russian oil embargo as part of its latest package of sanctions against Moscow. Several member states have said they would seek exemptions or transition periods, while Hungary has threatened to veto the proposal. Brussels has tweaked to win over reluctant members but the talks are still on going.

Croatian officials have been reluctant to say whether Croatia would seek an exemption. Instead, they all say they want to ensure the country has enough energy supply to meet demand for both households and businesses.

"We are closely monitoring all products that fall under this scheme to ensure that energy production, in this case oil production, runs unimpeded. Croatia supports restrictions. We are keeping a close eye on the details to ensure our system keeps functioning," said Prime Minister Andrej Plenković on Saturday.

Finance Minister Zdravko Marić said that because of its LNG terminal, Croatia is in a much better position than many other countries when it comes to natural gas. He also said the government was negotiating with small suppliers of natural gas through the state-run power utility HEP to ensure there will be enough natural gas for next winter.

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