A lot is coming up in June 2022. The 9-euro ticket will be introduced at the beginning of June and fuel prices are also expected to fall in the new month. There is also an important change for Aldi and Lidl employees.

For only 9 euros a month, bus and train travel nationwide in local transport – this should be possible from June for three months. With the special campaign, the traffic light coalition also wants to relieve non-drivers of the high energy costs. Proponents see a great opportunity for more climate-friendly transport – critics fear a flash in the pan and warn that overcrowded buses and trains tend to deter potential new users.

Holders can use it to travel nationwide on all buses, trams, subways, suburban trains and local and regional trains – regardless of whether they are operated by Deutsche Bahn or other providers. The price of 9 euros applies per month. Long-distance transport with ICE, Intercity and Eurocity, the green Flix trains and long-distance buses cannot be used. In addition, the ticket is only valid for 2nd class.

It is definitely worth it for commuters with a subscription to local transport, a monthly or annual pass. You will only be charged 9 euros for the month or you will receive a refund. Many transport associations hope to win long-term subscription customers with the three cheap start months.

After the Russian attack on Ukraine, fuel prices skyrocketed in this country – sometimes by double-digit cents per liter per day. According to the ADAC, Super E10 peaked on March 14 with a nationwide daily average of EUR 2.203 – that’s a good 45 cents more than the day before the outbreak of war. Diesel was the most expensive on March 10 at 2.321 euros per liter – an increase of almost 66 cents compared to the pre-war level.

The traffic light coalition therefore decided to reduce energy taxes on fuel for three months – from the beginning of June to the end of August – as much as EU guidelines allow. It is hoped that the companies will pass this on to the customers. According to the Ministry of Finance, the tax rate for petrol is reduced by 29.55 cents per liter and for diesel by 14.04 cents. The reduction is controversial, because in the meantime fuel prices have fallen noticeably again.

In the new month there is also an important change for all employees at Aldi. From June 2022, the minimum wage will be raised from 12.50 euros to at least 14 euros per hour. This applies to both Aldi Süd and Aldi Nord. Career changers or student sales assistants can also look forward to a higher minimum wage. However, employees in training are excluded.

Aldi’s competitor Lidl has also announced that the minimum wage for employees covered by collective agreements will be raised to 14 euros from June 2022.

As of June 13, Deutsche Bahn will abolish the BahnComfort bonus program. In the future there will only be the BahnBonus program. However, this will change. From mid-June there will be three different status levels. The DB says on their website:

“The higher the status level, the more attractive the benefits. In the different levels – from 1,500, from 2,500 and from 6,000 status points – you can look forward to many well-known services, such as B. entry into the DB Lounge, the exclusive seating area, preferential care in the travel center and some new status benefits.” The exact details of the new bonus program should be available from June on the Deutsche Bahn website.

The first vaccination certificates will expire in mid-June. This affects first and second vaccinations. However, there is no medical reason that the vaccination certificates are now expiring. Rather, there is a technical expiry date behind it, which was stored during programming last year. At that time it was determined that the vaccination certificates should initially be valid for one year.

“In order to be able to continue to prove your vaccination status, the relevant certificates must be updated,” writes the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). Actually, there should already be a way to update the certificates yourself – but this has apparently not been the case so far.

More information about the vaccination certificates can be found here:

Already got a notification? – Vaccination certificates of millions of Germans are expiring – 2 things you need to know

In the new month there will also be a new law on the heating cost subsidy. With this, the federal government wants to relieve households with a low income from the sharp rise in heating costs. 2.1 million people receive a one-time subsidy for their heating costs. These are students with student loans who no longer live with their parents, recipients of housing benefit, recipients of vocational training grants and people who receive student loans. The grant should be transferred directly to the account without a prior application.

From the beginning of June, sick leave due to mild cold symptoms will no longer be possible simply by telephone. For this, patients have to come back to the doctor’s office or use video consultation hours, as the joint federal committee of doctors, clinics and health insurance companies announced on Monday in Berlin. The current development of the corona pandemic allows the special regulation, which has been extended several times, to expire.

If the pandemic picks up speed again, such special regulations could be reactivated for certain regions or nationwide. Since the end of March 2020, it has been possible to write sick notes by phone almost continuously. This should reduce unnecessary contacts to lower the risk of infection.