Woidke wants concrete commitments from the federal government for energy aid

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Created: 01.10.2022Updated: 10/01/2022 2:02 p.m


Dietmar Woidke, Prime Minister of Brandenburg. © Fabian Sommer/dpa/archive image

Brandenburg’s Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke has demanded binding details for the rescue package in the energy crisis from the federal government. “It is good that something seems to be moving in the federal government now. But we have to know specifically what is planned so that we can coordinate well between the federal and state governments,” said the SPD politician at the German Press Agency in Potsdam.

Potsdam – He expects that a step forward will be taken together at the prime ministers’ conference on Tuesday. The state of Brandenburg will fulfill its responsibility.

The federal government has announced a rescue package of up to 200 billion euros to protect consumers and companies from high energy prices due to the Ukraine war. Gas and electricity prices should be capped. There should be liquidity and equity support for companies that do not benefit sufficiently from the electricity and gas price caps. But details are open. The aid is to be financed through loans.

On September 12, Woidke promised a rescue package for the country in the three-digit million euro range. However, he demands that the federal government first declare an emergency so that the country can incur debt. On October 4th, the heads of government of the federal states will discuss aid with Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD). dpa