(ANSA) – BRUSSELS, AUGUST 05 – Formal green light to the EU Council regulation for saving gas consumption in the period from August 1st to March 31st 2023. The plan provides for the voluntary reduction of 15% of the demand for natural gas for this winter. The regulation provides for the possibility for the Council to issue an “alert” on security of supply, in which case the reduction of gas demand would become mandatory. The formal green light came with the conclusion of the so-called written procedure which saw the yeses from 25 Member States. Hungary and Poland voted against. (HANDLE).