2023. 11. 08.
At today’s meeting of the EP’s Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM), MEPs debated the gender aspects of the rising cost of living and the impact of the energy crisis. In a statement, Fidesz MEP Lívia Járóka highlighted that the issue of energy poverty requires a complex solution: addressing both labour market and housing challenges, ensuring adequate energy and heat supply for all households and reducing housing prices.
“The livelihood crisis has hit hardest the disadvantaged, such as women, the poorest, including Roma, those from low-income and unemployed families, large families, foreign currency borrowers and those living in residential segregation and peripheral areas. It is unacceptable that in the EU in 2023 there will be no stable energy supply and heating in every household. Energy poverty is a huge challenge for the EU: 50-125 million people are unable to provide adequate temperature in their homes” said MEP Járóka.
“In Hungary, it is good practice to offer low-cost public housing loans, home renovation programmes and financial assistance packages combined with childcare benefits, as well as various tax breaks and exemptions for young people and large families. We should make use of affordable green technologies such as cob-working, geothermal and other renewable energy sources. Along with that, we need to start whitening jobs, providing stable employment and appropriate skills to ensure a stable livelihood for all!” – the MEP concluded.