According to the draft resolution, excessive billions in profits from electricity companies in the energy crisis are to be siphoned off across Europe and passed on to consumers who are groaning under high bills. Mineral oil companies and others are to participate in the relief package with a "solidarity levy".
Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) welcomed the model, which Germany had "strongly influenced". It can be implemented quickly after the decision, he promised in Brussels.
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen originally assumed that the member states could skim off a total of 140 billion euros. However, since more flexibility is now to be allowed for national implementation, the exact yield cannot be calculated.