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EU seeks alternative to Russian natural gas

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After Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Europe’s current energy crisis was caused by problematic policies rather than a lack of supply, and the supply problem was not caused by them, the EU began to look for an alternative to Russian natural gas.EU Commission Member for Energy Simson made statements to the press about the energy problem at the end of the meeting of the 27 member countries’ environment and energy ministers in Amiens, France, the EU term president.

Explaining that global natural gas prices have reached historic highs in recent months and this has had a knock-on effect on energy prices in Europe, Simson said, “Consumers and businesses across the EU are having a hard time paying these bills.” he said.

“In the short term, we face unusually high energy prices, exacerbated by geopolitical tensions,” Simson said. used the phrase.

Emphasizing that the ministers focused on energy supply security at the meeting, Simson said, “Natural gas storage levels in the EU are significantly lower than normal at this time of year.” said.

Pointing out that they discussed the possibility of increasing gas supply to Europe with partner countries, Simson emphasized that they will continue these talks at the Southern Gas Corridor ministerial meeting in Azerbaijan on February 4 and at the EU-US Energy Council on February 7.

Pointing out that Europe should be prepared for risks in energy and strengthen the solidarity among member states, Simson said, “The only permanent solution against fossil fuel dependence and volatile energy prices is to complete the green transformation.” made its assessment.

“Energy prices, energy efficiency and hydrogen were at the center of the talks,” French Environment Minister Barbara Pompili said. said.

Emphasizing that energy prices have reached a historical peak, Pompili reminded that there were serious fluctuations in prices in energy markets.

Pompili said that energy bills are rising rapidly in Europe and some companies have had to reduce production due to these price increases.

Reminding that some member countries have taken various measures against price increases, Pompili said, “This is not a sustainable solution. We must use existing resources in energy conversion.” he said.

Reminding that the increase in electricity prices is due to the natural gas market, Pompili said, “We have to change this structure.” used the phrase.

Stating that fossil fuel dependency should be reduced and energy supply security should be increased, Pompili said that the current crisis is an opportunity for the development of energy markets and market reform should be discussed.

In Europe, which imports 90 percent of its natural gas needs, the prices of this product increased by about 6 times last year.

Europe gets half of its natural gas from Russia and the rest largely from Norway and Algeria.

Berry moved to the Netherlands for her art studies. She is living in Amsterdam for 16 years. You can see her in Amsterdam streets with her fancy pink bike. She is a professional photographer and blog journal lover.

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Used car prices in the Netherlands fell for the first time this year

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Used car prices in the Netherlands fell for the first time this year. Data were obtained from the vehicle sales platform AutoScout24. According to the platform, the reason for the decrease is the summer holiday.

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AutoScout24 stated that during the summer holidays, people’s interests are generally towards vacationing, so the decrease in prices may be due to this.
 
An average used car was sold for 23,531 euros in July. This rate is 1.2 percent less than the previous month. At the beginning of this year, the average price of second-hand was 22,158 euros. There has been no decline in used car prices since the spring of 2021.
 
On the other hand, the increase in second-hand items in other European countries continues. Prices continued to rise in France, Austria and Belgium last month, while Germany saw a small decline of 0.2 percent.
 
Germany is still at the top of Europe in this field, with an average used car price of 27,361 euros.
 
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Declining interest in Randstad region in the Netherlands

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The proportion of people leaving the Randstad area in the Netherlands has increased over the past year. According to the National Statistics Agency (CBS), 75,000 people left the region last year. The number of people who moved to the region was 55 thousand.

 
CBS data indicated that those over the age of 30 are increasingly leaving the west of the country.
 
Statistics also show that the number of people leaving the Randstad area has increased since 2014. While 48 thousand people left the region in 2014, this number increased to 70 thousand in 2020.
 
On the other hand, the proportion of those who moved to Randstad remained roughly the same, reaching 55 thousand last year. Looking at all the data, the number of Dutch people giving up city life has been increasing since 2017.
 
However, the increase in the number of people leaving Randstad does not mean that the region is empty.

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Netherlands uses Europe’s most expensive natural gas

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The Netherlands became the country that used the most expensive natural gas among the European Union countries with its natural gas prices in July.

 
Nieuwsuur, which collects data from the comparison site Energievergelijk.nl, last month the natural gas bill of a house in the Netherlands cost 283 Euros. This rate is double that of many EU countries. Neighboring countries of the Netherlands are Germany and Belgium, a few of these countries.
 
In June, the peak of gas prices was in Sweden, while the Netherlands took the second place. In July, the leadership changed hands. Last month gas bills in Sweden averaged 237.
 
Electricity bills in the Netherlands are also quite high compared to other countries. The Dutch paid an average of 419 euros for electricity in July. There are only two European countries that face more electricity bills than the Netherlands: Italy and Denmark.
 
According to the estimates of Energievergelijk.nl, citizens who will renew their energy contracts this year will pay an average of 3,700 euros more per year.
 
Nibud, who is a budget consultant, stated that many households will have difficulty paying the bills in the future. Nearly 30 percent of them highlighted the difficulty ban on this issue last month.

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