유럽연합, EU는 유가 급등을 막기 위해 산유국들과 석유회사들이 석유생산을 늘릴 것을 촉구했습니다.

EU재무장관들은 10일 영국 만체스터에서 2일간의 회의를 마치면서 발표한 성명에서 석유회사들이 우선 석유개발과 생산, 정제부문에 대한 투자를 확대할 것을 촉구했습니다.

EU 재무장관들은 최근 미국 남부지역을 강타한 허리케인 카트리나로 인한 유가 폭등으로 EU 12개 유로 통화권의 올해 경제 성장률이 당초 예상했던 1. 3%에서 1% 정도로 떨어질 것으로 전망했습니다.

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The European Union has urged oil-producing countries and oil companies to do more to increase oil production in the face of rising gas prices that EU officials say pose a threat to the bloc's economic growth.

In a statement issued Saturday at the end of their two-day meeting in Manchester, England, EU finance ministers urged oil companies to, among other things, increase investment in oil exploration, production and refinement. EU officials have said higher oil prices in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in the southern United States could cut economic growth across the 12-country euro currency zone from the originally forecast 1.3 percent to as little as one percent.

Oil prices closed at 64 dollars and eight cents a barrel in New York on Friday after hitting an all-time record high of 70 dollars and 85 cents on August 30th.