The Minister of Energy, Tinne Van der Straeten, has been given the task of supporting, in consultation with the Minister of Finance, Vincent Van Peteghem, the various avenues open to find an answer to the soaring bills of energy.
The approach must be as broad as possible. It should, for example, include a reflection on the issue of down payment invoices. The Prime Minister indicated the three principles which will guide the action of the government: temporary, targeted and sustainable measures for public finances. The first requirement seemed to sound the death knell for a reduction in VAT to reduce the burden of bills for households.
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The ministers of the federal government also address their regional colleagues, since the federated entities operate debits on invoices.
In October, the government had already acted to reduce the energy bill of low-income households. In the long term, a reform of the invoice via excise duties and the introduction of an energy standard should make it possible to control prices.
Experts expected normalization after winter, but prices continue to climb. Now even middle-income households find it difficult to pay for their energy.
Several avenues are on the table: the Minister of Finance has proposed a temporary reduction in VAT from 21% to 6%, supported by the PTB, while the PS is in favor of an energy check of 200 euros for middle-income households and that the MR put forward a reverse ratchet system.