Energy imports into the European Union have continued to fall for the second consecutive quarter. The reduction in oil imports from Russia is not being offset by purchases from other partners.
The information was released on Monday released by EurostatThis explains why in the second quarter of this year imports from the European Union fell by 39.4% in value and 11.3% in tons, year-on-year.
In the first quarter they fell by 26.5% and 6.1%, respectively.
The statistical office of the European Union, quoted by Negócios newspaper, explains that these results contradict what happened in 2022 and 2023, when energy imports increased significantly.
In terms of volume, imports of oil products and natural gas from Russia have been falling since the second quarter of 2022.
"Imports of oil products from Russia fell from a monthly average of 8.7 million tons in the second quarter of 2022 to 1.6 million tons in the second quarter of this year (-82%) but, in contrast, imports from other extra-EU partners, except Russia, increased by 5.8 million tons," explains Eurostat.
As a result, the weight of imports from Russia went from 21.6% in the second quarter of 2022 to 4% in the second quarter of this year.
Imports of natural gas are also falling by 17% in terms of volume, a drop that Eurostat says will be explained by the European commitment to reduce consumption.