Saxony: Saxony's economy sounds the alarm because of the energy crisis

Chemnitz/Dresden (dpa/sn) - Saxony's economy fears bottlenecks and failures in the energy supply in view of skyrocketing prices.

Saxony: Saxony's economy sounds the alarm because of the energy crisis

Chemnitz/Dresden (dpa/sn) - Saxony's economy fears bottlenecks and failures in the energy supply in view of skyrocketing prices. In an open letter to state and federal politicians, the dramatic situation of numerous Saxon companies due to the explosive increase in energy costs and the uncertainties in the gas supply was explained by the Chemnitz Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) and the Saxon Business Association (VSW). Wednesday with. The previous state measures are insufficient.

Among other things, the demand is for a reduction in gas-fired power generation through the immediate commissioning of coal-fired power plants and the temporary abolition or reduction of levies and taxes on energy. The debate initiated by the Saxon Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) about not ignoring the realities of energy policy despite the war is also welcomed. "A short-term and no alternative complete decoupling from Russian energy sources is not possible without serious economic and social upheavals in Germany and Europe," it said.

Politicians need to act now, not just in autumn or winter, but as soon as possible, said Dieter Pfortner, President of the Chemnitz Chamber of Industry and Commerce. "If further support measures are not taken quickly here, the consequences for the economy are hardly foreseeable."

Gas rationing should be avoided under all circumstances, emphasized VSW President Jörg Brückner. "But if it should become unavoidable, there must be a clear priority for activities relevant to value creation. Our society cannot afford anything else." The Saxon CDU General Secretary Alexander Dierks complained that the energy cost containment program (EKDP) planned by the federal government did not benefit smaller craft companies benefited. The more than 1,500 bakeries and butcher shops in Saxony fell through the cracks at the EKDP. "And this despite the fact that these companies, which have often been in family hands for generations, are systemically important: they are reliable local employers and can hardly be replaced when it comes to local supply in rural regions."

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