The French-speaking opposition party Les Engagés requested the Federal Government to activate the first step of its emergency energy plan on 23 August, adopting “early warning” measures.
Belgium could face an energy crisis during the winter, according to the party.
“We ask, from the start of the school year, that the competent ministers explain to the deputies how they are going to deal with this exceptional situation and according to what procedures,” deputies Georges Dallemand, François Desquesnes, and Christophe De Beukelaer said in a party press release.
There are three phases in the emergency energy plans: pre-alert, alert, and emergency.
Federal authorities will step up their monitoring of the European energy market if Belgium moves to the first step of its emergency plans, as neighboring Germany has. However, consumers would not be restricted.
In the second stage, Belgium would import more liquified natural gas (LNG) from abroad as well as draw more heavily from its gas reserves.
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