Has the Belgian State really enriched itself with the energy crisis?
The state’s reaction has been criticized: too slow, not concrete for households in difficulty, not targeted enough or forgetting the middle class. However, from an accounting point of view, the operation is not transparent.
Even before the first explosions in Ukraine, the state had already extended the social tariff to a wider audience, anticipating a surge in prices following the post-Covid economic recovery. From February 2021, the social tariff was thus extended and still concerns one million Belgians today. The cost for the State in 2022 is, as the CREG had estimated, 1.264 billion euros, since it is the State which compensates, between the wholesale price and the reduced tariff invoiced to customers.
The State then distributed checks: €100 in the summer of 2022, €225 in fuel oil checks and €250 in pellet checks in the fall of 2022. Finally, while some have not yet touched it in At the time of writing these lines, Belgian households benefited from the “basic package”, i.e. a reduction of €135/month on gas and €61/month on electricity in November and December 2022.
In total, state support expenditure in 2022 will reach almost 3.5 billion euros.
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