RTL Today – Energy crisis: Opposition criticizes lack of measures at government press briefing
Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Energy Minister Claude Turmes held a press conference on Friday, clarifying the government’s missions in the face of the energy crisis.
Opposition parties have criticized the lack of concrete measures revealed by the Prime Minister on Friday.
MP Fred Keup of the Alternative Democratic Reform Party (adr) dismissed Bettel’s performance, saying he appeared “on the verge of tears”, and went on to say he didn’t think many people would take seriously Energy Minister Claude Turmes, adding that Turmes had not said anything important. Keup also criticized ministers’ responses to reporters’ questions, saying they failed to provide concrete and sufficient answers.
MP adr said the government’s performance on Friday left the impression it had no real plan.
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In general, the opposition parties expressed their disappointment with the absence of concrete measures announced on Friday, even if they themselves did not express alternative solutions to the looming energy crisis.
Keup suggested the fuel discount could have been extended further and added that the government should try to negotiate more gas supplies with Russia.
Deputy Gilles Roth of the Christian Social People’s Party (CSV) reiterated his party’s demands for an energy bonus to relieve households, as well as tax relief to offer citizens more purchasing power in the face of rising prices..
Roth also believes that wage indexations should not be postponed indefinitely, “especially at times like these.”
Meanwhile, the Left Party (Dei Lenk) believes that the upcoming wage indexation in the fall is non-negotiable. Left Party spokesman Gary Diederich said the upcoming wage indexation “must be paid for”.
Even if that happens, however, Diederich argues it’s not “an achievement” because the previous wage indexation has already been postponed. According to Die Linke, a “successful” tripartite agreement must include a ban on further deferrals of wage indexation.
In addition, companies should receive “targeted aid”.
The Pirate Party was also waiting for financial aid to be put in place for the population before the end of the tripartite and reiterated its own request that the inhabitants receive a monthly energy check of €150, capped at four times the minimum wage, until until a long-term solution is found. found.
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