In his speech at the Bundestag, Scholz stated that Germany has become independent from Russian gas and oil by rearranging its energy supply in the last 8 months.
Noting that gas was saved in Germany and 18 percent less consumption was consumed in 2022 compared to the previous year, Scholz said that gas prices fell below the level before the Russia-Ukraine war.
“It is important now to build a strong new energy infrastructure because in this crisis Europe has proven to be strong when we are together and support each other,” Scholz said. said.
Stating that the energy issue will be discussed comprehensively at the European Union (EU) Leaders’ Summit to be held in Brussels on 23-24 March, Scholz emphasized that they will prepare Europe not only for the next winter but also for the coming years.
Decisions will be made on supplying ammunition to Ukraine
Referring to the Russia-Ukraine war, Scholz reiterated that they will support Ukraine as long as necessary in its struggle for freedom and territorial integrity.
Stressing that it is especially important to quickly provide the necessary ammunition to Ukraine, Scholz said that decisions will be taken at the EU Leaders’ Summit to take other measures to provide better and continuous ammunition to Ukraine.
Reminding that the latest 10th package of sanctions against Russia was accepted, Scholz said that they will continue the pressure on Russia and that they will be careful not to violate these sanctions by third countries.
Stating that they will also discuss the competitiveness of the EU at the EU Leaders’ Summit, Scholz emphasized that the competitiveness of the EU is important for its economic success and for it to be a geopolitical actor in the future.
Scholz noted that in the long run, Germany can have a competitive economy only when Europe as a whole is strong.