By David Coppi
Lhe budgetary conclave – extended to the recovery and reform of the labor market – is underway. It’s radio silence. Not completely. Take the increase in gas and electricity prices, and the need to intervene in order to reduce the bill for households: there is talk of an “energy package”, we are told.
Its content ? First, the extension of the social tariff beyond next December, until spring 2022, for at least three months.
Add specific aid, a check in other words, of 80 euros, to the same beneficiaries of social status. The objective, as we have understood, is to target above all those who experience the most social difficulties.
Third component of the famous “package”: neutralization of the federal contribution appearing in the invoice, currently around 5% (alongside the regional contribution, from distributors, etc.) and its transformation into excise duties in order to that in the future, the government can operate at least partially in the event of price spikes. For once, this should reduce the bill for households from 30 to 50 euros (annually, of course).
Finally, we are talking about a code, or a charter, aimed at protecting consumers from energy suppliers.
This global energy package, put forward with the support in particular of the minister responsible, Tinne Van der Straeten (Groen), would weigh between 500 and 600 million euros in the budget.