In view of extremely high energy prices, German industry has also called for an aid package for businesses. “German industry sees the danger that companies will face existential difficulties due to exploding energy prices,” Siegfried Russwurm, president of the BDI Industry Association, said on Friday. He sees the danger that companies without sufficient support “get into existential difficulties”. Some energy-intensive companies are already being forced to “cut production due to excessive gas and electricity costs.”
Russwurm said it was “right and important” to ease the government’s relief package for citizens put forward on Thursday. “But it is also the responsibility of politicians to protect the strength of our companies in Germany efficiently and permanently in the acute energy price crisis.”
Therefore, politicians need to reduce energy and electricity taxes as quickly as possible and free businesses and consumers from electricity grid fees. Industry efficiency is “necessary at this point in time for the conversion to climate neutrality to be successful and Germany to become less dependent on Russian energy supplies,” Russwurm warned.
The head of the Greens, Ricarda Lang, told Bayerischer Rundfunk that the government “would decide on more measures for companies, that is very clear.” Politicians see the problems of the economy. Economy Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) “has that on display, it wasn’t part of this package, but there is more to come.”