In view of skyrocketing energy prices, Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder has proposed suspending VAT on staple foods. A “dynamization” of the commuter allowance would “help the middle class quickly and effectively,” wrote the CSU party leader on Facebook on Saturday. However, both are decided at the federal level and not in the states.

In addition, Söder called for the reduction of the cold progression. The federal government has “so far not presented a sustainable concept for energy supply and for combating the massively rising prices”.

The “Münchner Merkur” reported on Saturday that according to the ideas of the CSU party leader, there should be a commuter allowance increased to 38 cents per kilometer from next year and a winter housing allowance for particularly stressed households. The proposals are part of a 15-point plan that the CSU board wants to decide at its meeting on Monday in Munich.

Söder urged the traffic light coalition in Berlin to ensure the gas supply in Germany in view of the throttled gas supplies from Russia. A “gas summit” is required, in which it must be clearly defined where gas can be supplied from and in what quantity.