Mainz (dpa / lrs) – The Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister Malu Dreyer (SPD) has praised the new relief package as “strong support for people and companies in our country”. The package shows “that we in Germany can deal with crises in solidarity,” said Dreyer on Sunday in Mainz. “The relief package is an important signal. It addresses the worries and fears of people who are concerned that they will no longer be able to cope with the sharply rising costs.”
Dreyer said it was important to her that structural interventions in the energy market were now also being carried out. “On the one hand, the electricity price cap and, on the other hand, that my demand for a decoupling of electricity and gas prices in Europe will also be addressed.” It is an important signal that the heating market and its future development should be fundamentally revised.
The chairman of the CDU parliamentary group in the Rhineland-Palatinate state parliament, Christian Baldauf, sees the package very differently: it is disappointing across the board. “The millions provided are all well and good, but the federal traffic light simply doesn’t address the causes of current, acute problems and challenges.” His suggestion: “We need an energy price cap that limits the costs for gas, electricity and at the pump. We should and could set a fixed price cap on a basic quantity. In addition, everyone is then asked to take responsibility for themselves.”
The new relief package provides for a one-off energy price lump sum for pensioners, students and trainees, as well as an increase in child benefit and an increase in the standard rates for the needy. In the future, a discounted price will apply to basic electricity consumption, and the traffic light coalition also wants a new nationwide public transport ticket – the goal is a price range of between 49 and 69 euros per month.
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