According to the European Trade Union Confederation ETUC, annual energy costs exceed on average the monthly salaries of minimum wage earners in many EU countries. Specifically, people in 16 countries of the European Union – including Germany – would have to pay a corresponding monthly salary or more. That is twice as many states as in 2021, the ETUC announced on Tuesday.

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In Germany, for example, the annual energy costs were only covered after 33 days. The situation is significantly worse in Greece and Estonia, each with 54 days, and the Czech Republic with 65 days.

The trade union federation also points out that the figures refer to energy costs in July. The crisis has intensified since then and is being exacerbated by the further increase in the cost of energy and other essential goods. “These awards are simply beyond the reach of millions of people,” said ETUC Deputy Secretary General Esther Lynch.

Rail transport has benefited greatly from the nine-euro ticket. It posted record sales in July. However, passenger transport in aviation achieved by far the highest increase in turnover of all areas covered.

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