Schwerin (dpa/mv) - The Greens in the Schwerin state parliament accuse the red-red state government of wasting too much time in the pursuit of a secure energy supply. The state energy summit now convened for August 22 comes too late. "The fact that Manuela Schwesig does not want to hold an energy summit until the end of August shows that she has not understood what is to come and how urgent it is. We are losing three valuable weeks in which we can already look for solutions at state level and start implementing them ", criticized the deputy Green party leader Anne Shepley on Monday in Schwerin.
Shepley described Schwesig's company visits as part of her summer tour, which started on Monday, as fair weather appointments. She called on the head of government to meet immediately with actors from the energy sector for a crisis summit instead. "The state government is conspicuous for its inactivity, while everything must be done right now to prevent or mitigate an energy crisis in the fall. Cushioning social hardship is a core issue of responsible politics - anyone who does not guarantee this endangers social peace," warned the opposition politician .
She called on the state government to lobby the federal government for the introduction of an excess profit tax in order to relieve the burden on citizens with the income. Shepley also spoke out in favor of a broad information campaign that should give everyone information about saving energy.
According to Schwesig, energy supply will be the dominant topic at the cabinet meeting this Tuesday in Schwerin. The President of the Federal Network Agency, Klaus Müller, will also be involved in advising the state government. Schwesig had called on the federal government several times to expand aid for consumers in view of the further increase in energy prices.