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Italy, Poland Raise Concerns About EU Proposal to Cut Gas Use

  • Spain and Portugal have both publicly opposed the plan
  • EU Commission suggested reducing gas consumption by 15%
Pipework at the Wierzchowice Underground Gas Storage Facility in Wierzchowice, Poland.

Pipework at the Wierzchowice Underground Gas Storage Facility in Wierzchowice, Poland.

Photographer: Bartek Sadowski/Bloomberg

Italy, Poland and Hungary have raised concerns about the European Union’s proposal for the bloc to cut its natural gas consumption, adding to Spain and Portugal’s public opposition to the plan.

Italian, Polish and Hungarian envoys had significant reservations about the idea presented by the European Commission on Wednesday to reduce gas use by 15% over the next eight months, according to people familiar with the discussions.