BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – The FDP budget expert Otto Fricke considers the energy aid package worth up to 200 billion euros against the high energy prices to be financially justifiable. “Measured against our financial strength, you can still bear it. It’s also important to do that,” said Fricke on Friday on Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bayern 2). Fricke referred to credit authorizations of 600 billion euros in the Corona crisis, but not all of them were used. You have that hope now.
In the ARD “Morgenmagazin” Fricke made it clear that the FDP is still on course to avoid incurring any new debts. “But we still have the debt allergy,” he said. The point is that the funds provided are only used for the intended purpose, specifically to regulate things “that are necessary for gas and nothing else”.
On Thursday, the traffic light coalition announced a new “defense shield” of up to 200 billion euros to support consumers and companies because of rising energy prices. The money should not come from the regular federal budget, but from the Economic Stabilization Fund (WSF). This special fund was formed during the Corona crisis to save larger companies and is now being revived./shy/DP/men