Last Friday, gas prices fell again below the limit of 100 euros. Thus, the peak of Thursday is negated again. This morning, prices fell even more after 6 p.m. In this crisis update a new gas graph, a new call for support measures in the Netherlands and a report from the National Bank of Belgium on whether and how companies can transfer the costs.
The gas price for ‘winter 2022’ until 13 May at Title Transfer Facility, the Dutch gas trading platform. This morning around kl. 10 at similar levels. After 10.00, daily prices fell further, towards 90 euros per megawatt hour. See the current prices here.
Stakeholder representative LTO Nederland calls (again) on the Cabinet to take support measures to help agriculture and horticulture. In a letter, LTO has submitted three concrete proposals to the Cabinet. The representative points out that there is information that other EU Member States have tripled their share of the CAP crisis fund. These are countries like Germany and Belgium. LTO also wants the Netherlands to agree to this. It also calls for advancing CAP payments and lowering excise duties on diesel so that the price is in line with other EU Member States.
The LTO writes in the letter that Germany has state aid packages of 20 and 11 billion euros and a CAP fund (180 million euros) with measures aimed at companies affected by rising costs, such as for gas and diesel. Poland recently received approval for a state aid scheme worth € 836 million. EUR. Polish farmers can receive up to 107 euros per hectare of building plan and up to 53.50 euros per hectare of grassland, up to a maximum of 50 hectares per farm and 7,500 euros.
Spain, Greece, France, Finland and Romania are also preparing a package of measures for the agricultural sector. The latter, for example, wants to provide extra subsidies for solar panels and storage capacity for grain. It appears that Denmark will distribute CAP crisis money among all applicants for CAP income support.
In addition, many EU Member States have temporarily reduced fuel and electricity taxes, including Austria, France, Italy, Belgium, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. Also In the Netherlands, excise duty on diesel has been reduced, but due to the high tax burden, diesel prices are still higher than many other European countries.
The LTO says: “It is now up to the government to take action against the entrepreneurs and sectors hardest hit. It is unwise to wait while our neighboring countries reserve hundreds of millions for their farmers and gardeners.” Read the full LTO letter here.
The National Bank of Belgium is examining the effects of rising energy prices on businesses. It writes: “Based on previous company data, we see that companies to some extent succeed in passing on cost increases. We found that on average, companies were able to pass on 60% of the cost increases to their customers. This throughput varies from industry to industry and is higher for large than for small businesses. For energy-intensive industry, the throughput is generally higher than average, which mitigates the impact of the energy crisis on companies somewhat. However, as the costs can not be fully passed on, we expect operating margins to shrink and absorb some of the shock. “See the full report here.
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How has the Netherlands implemented and enforced the sanctions against Russia? And what could be better? A report on this was presented to Foreign Minister Hoekstra on Friday. The communication accompanying the report also shows the results of the Dutch sanctions up to 13 May. See the report and the figures here.
On LinkedIn, Bram Hanemaaijer started a debate after making the following statement: Stop Greenhouse Gardening or Tata Steel? Anyone who wants to take part in the debate should be here.
Finally news about Finland, which since Friday has stopped receiving power from Russia. The Russians say it is the result of payment problems. Westerners point out that it may also be retaliation because Finland wants to join NATO. Finland so far imports about ten percent of its electricity from Russia. The country wants to be self-sufficient in electricity by the end of this year. Among other things, VRT writes about this.