Where the Netherlands sets a ceiling for part of consumers’ gas bills, Germany is introducing a levy. This previously announced tax will take effect on 1 October, the German Minister of Economic Affairs reported.
However, it is being tested whether the surcharge is in line with German legislation, now that the government has nationalized energy group Uniper.
As previously announced, Germany has taken over the majority of the shares in Uniper. The government now owns almost 99 percent.
The surcharge was introduced to financially support gas importers, of which Uniper is one, in the transition to more expensive substitutes for Russian gas.