04.09.2022, Berlin: Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholz (SPD, 2.v.l.), nimmt neben Omid Nouripour (l), Bundesvorsitzender von Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, Saskia Esken (r), Bundesvorsitzende der SPD, sowie Christian Lindner, FDP-Bundesvorsitzender und Bundesminister der Finanzen, an der Pressekonferenz nach den Beratungen von SPD, Grünen und FDP im Koalitionsausschuss teil. Der Koalitionsausschuss des Ampelbündnisses hat ein neues Entlastungspaket für die Bürger beschlossen. Foto: Michael Kappeler/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz has shown himself to be convinced that the traffic light coalition’s new relief package will provide comprehensive help for citizens. “Our country is facing a difficult time,” Scholz said on Sunday in Berlin. In its new relief package worth 65 billion euros, the federal government has now taken all the necessary measures against the background of the sharp rise in energy and living costs. “We will not leave anyone alone.” The measures at a glance:

Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) wants to finance the federal government’s third relief package without additional new debt. As planned, the federal budget for 2023 will respect the rules of the debt brake, Linder said on Sunday when the coalition plans were presented. No supplementary budget is necessary for the current year. “These measures are taking place within the previous budget plans of the federal government,” he said.

Around 32 billion euros could be mobilized for the relief in the federal budgets for 2022 and 2023, said Lindner. The development of income and the “precautions already taken for the year 2023” allowed this. Then there is the planned skimming off of profits from energy companies, which Lindner put at a double-digit billion amount.

The total volume of 65 billion euros for the package given by the coalition is more of a “conservative estimate,” said Lindner. “Depending on the development, we may even be even better.”

Green co-boss Omid Nouripour speaks of a well-rounded relief package, even if the negotiations were sometimes exhausting. “We will not allow ourselves to be divided,” he says, referring to Russia, which has significantly restricted energy supplies.