Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) has assured citizens and companies in Germany of the full support of the federal government in cushioning the high energy prices. "That's the message to the citizens: Everything is done to ensure that we can support them. And we will do it," said Scholz on Saturday at a state party conference of the Bavarian SPD in Munich. "We will use a lot of money to put a brake on electricity prices and gas prices to ensure that companies - large and small, and citizens - remain affordable for as long as they are otherwise too high," he promised Chancellor.
Scholz is thinking about the start date of the gas price brake
Scholz wants to explore a possible earlier start date for the gas price brake on January 1st. However, Scholz ruled out a decision by the federal government without prior consultation with the energy suppliers on Saturday in Munich. "This will only succeed if we join forces in Germany," said the chancellor after a meeting with craftsmen in Munich. "We're organizing it right now to discuss how it's going to work."
Otherwise, Scholz is confident that the gas price brake will soon be approved by the EU: "We are very confident that we will finally get the go for our support services in the next few days."
SPD boss Klingbeil for improvements to the gas price brake
The SPD chairman Lars Klingbeil sees a need for improvement in the planned gas price brake. According to Klingbeil, the advance payment in December and subsidies from March next year proposed by the commission of experts fall short of the mark: "What are we actually doing in the January/February phase," Klingbeil asked in an interview with Deutschlandfunk. "Don't you have to find something to give the companies and, above all, the citizens a little more help," added the SPD leader questioningly. That will occupy the Bundestag "in short, quick deliberations in November".
The commission of experts set up by the federal government had proposed a one-off payment in December for private gas customers and small companies based on the advance payment in September. The actual price brake should come in January for industrial companies and for private households and small companies from March if possible, or April at the latest. The Prime Ministers' Conference had already called on Friday to introduce the gas price brake on January 1st.