The support package that the cabinet wants to present tomorrow to mitigate the consequences of the high energy bill does not contain any concrete measures for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). According to insiders, there is nothing in the short term to alleviate the need of small entrepreneurs such as bakers and gardeners, who consume a lot of energy.
The cabinet does want to do something to help energy-intensive SMEs, but according to various sources, the plans are still little concrete. Its feasibility and feasibility are also under discussion. SMEs are mentioned in the plans, but only in a procedural sense, say the sources.
Minister Jetten for Climate and Energy wants to present his plans tomorrow. This involves a price ceiling for gas and electricity, which means that households will pay lower rates for at least part of their consumption. Those who consume more than average pay the historically high market price for the part above.
In addition, there will be an emergency fund, which can take over the accounts of people who really cant afford it anymore. With this “sling pot”, to which the energy companies also contribute, the cabinet wants to prevent people from being shut down next winter or ending up in debt relief due to high energy prices.
In principle, these measures will also apply to entrepreneurs, but a baker or gardener consumes a lot more energy than a household and is therefore of little use.
Those involved say that it is “supercomplex” to make an arrangement to accommodate SMEs. The main question is on what basis they should be eligible for support. Unauthorized state aid is soon involved.
In addition, it is complicated to determine an average energy consumption for small businesses. A drugstore uses far less energy than a hot baker. As a result, a separate price ceiling for SMEs is also difficult to achieve.
According to the insiders, the cabinet does plan to implement a motion that the House of Representatives has previously adopted. This makes it easier for SMEs to borrow money to make their business more energy efficient.