FDP wants to abolish EEG surcharge more quickly

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The EEG surcharge could be abolished more quickly than previously planned. © Uli Deck/dpa

The electricity bills of many households are currently increasing significantly. A green electricity levy can also be found on it – for now.

Berlin – The FDP parliamentary group wants to speed up the planned early abolition of the green electricity levy. She proposed an accelerated legislative procedure for this, in which the parliamentary groups of the traffic light coalition would submit the draft to the Bundestag parallel to the federal government.

As a result, the deliberations in the Bundestag could already begin while the first referral to the Bundesrat, which is required for government bills, is still ongoing.

“The rising energy prices make it all the more urgent to relieve people by abolishing the EEG surcharge. That helps everyone, especially people with lower incomes, ”said the first parliamentary director of the FDP parliamentary group, Johannes Vogel, of the German Press Agency. It is very welcome that there are talks in the coalition to bring forward the abolition planned for the end of the year. “In order to achieve that and to make the relief for people effective quickly, we should also examine how we can speed up the legislative process,” said Vogel.

According to the previous plans of the federal government made up of SPD, Greens and FDP, the EEG surcharge on the electricity bill is to be abolished on January 1, 2023. The levy to promote green electricity under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) will then be financed from the federal budget.

Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) recently said to the “Spiegel”: “If the coalition agrees, then I would make it financially possible for the EEG surcharge to be dropped by the middle of the year.” Economics and Climate Protection Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) had previously stated: “If it is possible to bring forward the abolition of the EEG surcharge, then that should be tried.” dpa


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