OUR OPINION. We have already had an expert committee on energy and purchasing power. Also a Consultation Committee. Maybe it’s time to take measures that make a difference? | Energy prices

OUR OPINION. We have already had an expert committee on energy and purchasing power. Also a Consultation Committee. Maybe it’s time to take measures that make a difference? | Energy prices
OUR OPINION. We have already had an expert committee on energy and purchasing power. Also a Consultation Committee. Maybe it’s time to take measures that make a difference? | Energy prices

It should set off all the alarm bells in this country: half of the Flemish people are afraid of ending up in poverty. This is apparent from the large money survey by HLN and VTM NIEUWS. We have already had an expert committee on energy and purchasing power. Also a Consultation Committee. Maybe it’s time to take measures that make a difference?

And no: there is no miracle solution. But can we at least expect a little more creativity and urgency from politicians? During ‘September Money Month’, HLN will continue to press for real answers, and we will guide you to regain control of your portfolio.

Germany does. It launched a support package of 65 billion euros this weekend. Under the slogan ‘You’ll never walk alone’, there are interventions for both citizens and companies that are intended to absorb rising energy prices and declining purchasing power. One of the most striking measures is the decision to introduce a low-cost basic package of electricity. Just as we already know it in our water bill. This means that a little electricity remains accessible to everyone as a basic need, but at the same time people are also encouraged to use it economically. A similar idea was already contained in the report that the purchasing power expert group delivered in Belgium in mid-June. Only: nothing happened to it all that time. Economist Koen Schoors, a member of the expert group, sounded bitter in an interview yesterday: “Unfortunately, politicians chose to go on holiday instead of working on it.”

We know the political excuses by now. On one: “But Belgium has a unique system in which wages are indexed and thus protect our purchasing power.” If it really worked that great, wouldn’t half of the population be allowed to live with the fear of ending up in poverty? The reason is that the indexing has flaws. Self-employed people are excluded anyway. And those who need the pay rise the most – people with low wages – feel them the least in absolute numbers. Another excuse: “Our budget does not allow such support measures.” It is of course true that Germany is in a much better position in this area. But there too they hope to recover a substantial part of the emergency budget from energy companies. Those billions of profits are no longer explained to you. Of course there is a free market. But when the Engies and Essos of this world double their profits once more, while the economic fabric in Europe threatens to come to a standstill, you can’t help but make corrections. A consensus on this seems to be growing in more and more countries. The track was also put forward in Belgium during the Consultation Committee. But like many of the other measures, it all remains vague.

In this ‘September Money Month’, HLN will continue to insist that the time of reports and Consultation Committees is over. Every day without concrete measures is one too many. The government is not to blame for this situation. Nor will she be able to conjure up the bill. But you have every right to expect it to be faster, more effective and with more fresh insights and solutions.

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