The Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hendrik Wüst (CDU), has called for a rapid energy price cap for electricity, gas and heat on behalf of the federal states. The federal government must agree on this quickly, said Wüst after a conference of state leaders.

The federal states have asked the federal government to introduce an energy price cap. At the Prime Ministers’ Conference (MPK), the heads of the federal states voted on Wednesday to cap the prices for electricity, gas and heat, as the MPK chairman and North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU) told journalists in Berlin. “It is important that the federal government now agrees promptly,” said Wüst.

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Before the following talks between the prime ministers and Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) next Tuesday, Wüst said that the states wanted to work constructively with the federal government. The countries also agree that relief must now be targeted and that there must be specific relief for lower and middle incomes as well as small and medium-sized companies.

Berlin’s Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey (SPD) said that the unanimous agreement on the joint demand for an energy price cap was a “groundbreaking decision” by the state leaders. In view of the current crisis, a “policy of national unity” is necessary.