Austria: far right calls for Security Council meeting as gas reserves dwindle

Austria: far right calls for Security Council meeting as gas reserves dwindle

The FPÖ, an Austrian far-right party, has called for the National Security Council to be convened, while the gas storage filling rate is close to zero and gas flows from Russia are reduced. The request comes ahead of a government statement scheduled for Tuesday (July 5).

Austria imports about 80% of its gas from Russia. While the country can boast of having one of the largest storage capacities per capita in Europe, most of this is private, while another part of the gas stored is reserved for neighboring Slovenia.

“The cards must finally be put on the table. A sincere, concrete and complete assessment is necessary »said Herbert Kickl, leader of the far-right FPÖ party, on Saturday (July 2).

Austria’s gas reserves are around 45%, well below the 80% target set for the start of the heating season. In June, the country’s exit from coal was delayed as the government invested 6.6 billion euros in buying additional gas.

The Austrian government will meet on Tuesday (July 5) to discuss the situation. The Conservative and green government is facing historic low results in the polls ahead of the 2024 election.

The government parties could win less than a third of the vote, according to a poll carried out on Sunday (July 3). The SPÖ, a social democrat party, is close to 30% of the vote, while the FPÖ is tied with the conservatives, with 22% of voting intentions. The Greens would get 10% of the vote.

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