- Hans Weber
- March 1, 2024
The Senate will approve the possibility of capping electricity and gas prices
The price ceiling is available to public institutions and companies with up to 250 employees with a turnover of up to 50 million euros.
The upper house of the parliament meets the days before the senate and municipal elections. Deputies approved the amendment to the Energy Act on Friday.
The opposition criticized that after the ceiling they will have to pay more for electronics than in other European countries. We cannot afford to spend hundreds of billions of crowns, the chosen price ceiling for electricity and gas, Minister of Industry and Trade Jozef Skela.
The government estimated the break-even costs of its proposal at 130 billion crowns in the fifth year. Dividends from state companies and the extraordinary windfall tax or the tax on extraordinary profits and the income from emission allowances have to help pay for it. The form of the windfall tax, which Prime Minister Fiala will give to the government, has not yet been approved by the government. In addition to energy companies and banks, petrochemicals should also be involved.
Sentoi will delay even the dream consumption tax on diesel
Sentoi will thus approve the extension of the dream rate of consumption tax on diesel. Extending the levy by 1.5 kroner per liter can help the carrier’s competitiveness, according to the government. For were MPs from all parties except Pirt, who got angry.
The change was defended in the House of Representatives by Minister of Finance Zbynk Stanjura and Minister of Transport Martin Kupka. It is a concrete help point for public transport, said Kupka.
Fuel consumption can remain with diesel even after the increase to 8.45 K per liter instead of the previous 9.95 crowns per liter. The change will mean an increase in revenue, by 2.5 billion crowns this year and 9.6 billion crowns next year.