Natural Gas Price Inefficiencies as an Obstacle in Taming EU Inflation

Published: Dec 29, 2022
Inflation TTF Energy Crisis European Union Natural Gas
Ioannis Krompas

During both the Covid-19 and energy crises, EU member states were forced to dedicate a tremendous amount of financial support to ensure economic survival and recovery, which inadvertently triggered inflation pressures. But as countries opted to switch from targeted measures against high energy prices to horizontal ones due to both political and practical reasons, demand-side inflation began to determine core inflation to an extent equal to that of the supply-side. Given that EU member states cannot withdraw fiscal support at the moment, as natural gas prices remain extraordinarily high, the focus must shift towards addressing the inefficiencies of natural gas pricing in the EU. By correcting those inefficiencies, pricing will reflect actual supply conditions, out of which increased LNG availability is the most important one, thus allowing countries to roll back fiscal support and monetary authorities to address inflation.

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