The number of people unable to heat their homes this winter is expected to rise, says EU Labor Commissioner Nicolas Schmit. Rising global oil, gas and coal prices are causing a huge spike in electricity bills.
European Union Labor Commissioner Nicolas Schmit on Sunday warned of a rise in so-called energy poverty in Europe this winter due to the sharp rise in energy prices.
He told Germany’s DPA news agency that there are already millions of people in Europe not able to heat their home sufficiently “and this number could rise further.”
While the European Commission can help EU countries to limit the impact of the high energy priceson the public, Schmit said it was primarily up to national governments to take action.
A household is said to be in fuel or energy poverty when its members cannot afford to keep their property adequately warm at a reasonable cost.