Savings tariff 2.0. If the budget is increased, one meeting would be enough

Savings tariff 2.0. If the budget is increased, one meeting would be enough
Savings tariff 2.0. If the budget is increased, one meeting would be enough

When the parameters of the planned seven-month saving tariff seemed to be definitive, four weeks before its launch, everything could still be different. The final form of the contribution to households with increasingly expensive energy, which was finally approved by the government last week, is now being proposed to be rewritten by the Starostové a názdežní (STAN).

The outlines of the cost-saving tariff were already approved in June. However, several changes have occurred in the energy market since then. The price of electricity reached a new record, the price of gas also rose.

The government’s order for payment is then a matter of one meeting. We have everything ready.

Sára Beránková, spokesperson for STAN

STAN therefore proposes that aid to Czech households be increased this year from the originally intended maximum of 4,000 CZK to 10,000 CZK. However, this amount also includes the waiver of fees for renewable energy sources (POZE), which will apply across the board from October and represents a saving of CZK 599 for each MWh of electricity consumed.

“This is a proposal of the parliamentary club of the STAN movement, which wants to increase the contribution from the savings tariff this year as part of the discussion of the budget revision in the Chamber of Deputies,” says MPO spokesman Marek Vošahlík.

Only an increase in the contribution for this year would mean an increase in the budget from the planned 18 billion to 54 billion crowns. “The government’s order for the payment is then a matter of one meeting. We have everything ready,” says movement spokesperson Sára Beránková.

According to the original plan, the contribution from the savings tariff itself should range between CZK 2,000 and 3,500 this year, depending on the distribution rate of the point of consumption. By the end of the year, the aid should be widespread for all households connected to electricity.

Households with low consumption (D01d), normal consumption (D02d) and those that heat water with electricity (D25d) can reach CZK 2,000. Households that use electricity for heating (D26d, D35d, D45d, D57d) or have a heat pump (D56d) should then receive CZK 3,500.

From the New Year, there would not be a contribution for everyone

The only change this year should be an increase in the allowance for all households. However, if the STAN proposal were to pass, the cost-saving tariff would take on a new form from the New Year.

The support should no longer be intended for everyone, but would exclude people who do not need it so much – that is, for example, those who have fixed lower prices for electricity and gas from previous years, or who do not have a problem paying their energy bills, which experts considered to be lack of current tariff.

“The Ministry of Industry will want to convene a meeting with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and the Ministry of Finance even before the discussion on the budget revision in the House of Representatives with the aim of quickly providing this contribution in a more targeted manner to socially vulnerable customers,” says Vošahlík.

Thus, the cost-saving tariff would not have to be general and would target a specific group of households, which will be defined by the MPO in cooperation with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MPSV) by the end of the year. “For next year, in the proposal, we expect only targeted help for socially vulnerable customers,” said Beránková.

A precise definition for this purpose must be prepared by the Ministry of Industry and Trade on the basis of the harmonization of the EU directive.

Jakub Augusta, spokesman for the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

Even before the negotiations on the budget revision, there will be an interdepartmental debate on the definition of a vulnerable customer. “The goal is to provide this contribution as quickly as possible,” says Beránková.

The Department of Labor and Social Affairs (MPSV) has so far only a non-public working version of a vulnerable customer. “The MPO must prepare an exact definition for this purpose based on the harmonization of the EU directive. The MPO is also the department that is primarily responsible for the energy tariff and its preparation,” says Jakub Augusta, spokesman for the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

The original form of assistance in the form of a so-called social tariff was intended to target more vulnerable and low-income families. The MPO talked about this support from February to mid-May, until it announced its intention to create a cost-saving tariff that should work for all households.

The article is in Czech

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