The energy bonus deemed discriminatory by the Council of State
Saccording to information from the newspaper Litter, the Council of State issued a negative opinion on the bill dealing with the 2nd part of the energy bonus which should come into force between January and March 2023, judging it to be discriminatory. According to the Council of State, it is the difference in treatment between those who heat themselves with electricity and those who heat with gas that could create discrimination. “A customer who has both an electricity contract and a gas contract will receive two bonuses, one who only has an electricity contract will only receive one bonus. If he heats his home with electricity, a difference in treatment ensues which must be justifiable. However, according to the Council of State, this is not the case here.
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However, the reasons for the bill tabled in the Federal Parliament on Tuesday justify this difference in treatment between those who heat with gas and those who heat with electricity, by explaining that the law is based “on the average annual cost for a the most common consumption profile in the country”, and preferring this solution to obtaining a bonus which would vary according to the consumption or the source of energy used which “would create a complex and significant administrative burden, disproportionate in relation to the intended objective”.
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