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In the course of the Ukraine war, energy prices continue to rise, so the federal government plans to further ease the burden on citizens. Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck (Greens) announced a new package of measures on Sunday night. The price increases in the entire energy sector are overwhelming for many people, the Minister for Economy and Climate Protection told the German Press Agency in Berlin. “Extremely high heating costs, extremely high electricity prices, extremely high fuel prices put pressure on households, and the lower the income, the more. So the federal government is going to launch another relief package.” “.
The Russian attack is driving up fossil energy prices, Habeck explained. “And all because the fear of energy shortages and speculation are heating up the price spiral.” He announced three criteria for the new measures.
There should be relief for gas heating, for example.
First of all, there must be simplifications for electricity, heat and mobility, the minister said. “It is precisely the high heating costs that are overwhelming many families.” The Federal Ministry of Economy estimates that the gas bill of an average family in an unreformed single-family home will increase by around 2,000 euros this year.
Second, energy efficiency and savings are also needed, such as reducing consumption when driving or replacing gas heaters, Habeck said. Third, more market-based drives are needed, so the following applies: “the more efficient, the lower the costs.”
Habeck on a possible tank discount: the proposal falls short
Habeck emphasized: “These three criteria must be reflected in the aid package.” In this sense, the proposals of Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) fell a bit short. “The government will now quickly and constructively put together the overall package in a working process.”
According to a media report, Lindner wants to get a state subsidy for tanks on the road. The amount has not yet been determined, reported the “Bild” on Sunday night. Therefore, the FDP politician plans that the amount be deducted when paying at the gas station. The gas station operator should be able to present the receipt to the tax authorities later. According to “Bild”, a decision on the measure may be made this week.
Lindner’s goal must be for the price of gas to fall below two euros. Since the start of the Ukraine war a good two weeks ago, fuel prices have risen dramatically. Since then, diesel has risen in price by almost 66 cents per litre, and the E10 a good 45 cents.
There should be a credit relief program for businesses that compensates for losses through penalties
The federal government is currently working on a credit assistance program for businesses. This is meant to support those companies that have been hit hard by the EU sanctions against Russia. As “Bild” reported, bridging aid is also being discussed for companies that can no longer withstand the sharp rise in raw material prices. In addition, an extension of the regulation of part-time work beyond June 30 is being examined, as well as a further increase in the displacement allowance.