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Factsheet for measure BE-2022-10/2405 – measures in Belgium

Measures to compensate increasing energy prices for citizens

Maatregelen om stijgende energieprijzen te compenseren

Country Belgium , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 March 2022 – 30 September 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Responses to inflation
– Support for energy bills
Author Dries Van Herreweghe (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and Eurofound
Measure added 23 May 2022 (updated 22 September 2022)

Background information

The war in Ukraine and its subsequent effects has led to significant increases in energy prices. Because of the extent of these price increases, the Belgian federal government has decided to undertake several measures to compensate and try to keep the impact of the situation manageable for citizens.

Some of these measures already existed (social tariffs for those in precarious living conditions), others are new (for instance, the reduction in VAT).

Content of measure

To compensate for the increase in energy prices, the government has decided on several temporary measures:

  • An extension until 30 September 2022 of the right to a social rate (for gas and/or electricity). This measure applies to persons who are entitled to increased health care allowances.
  • Value added tax (VAT) on electricity will be reduced from 21% to 6% from 1 March to 30 September 2022. This will be reflected on the advance invoices starting April 2022. In addition, there is also a reduction in VAT on natural gas from 21% to 6% from 1 April 2022 to 30 September 2022.

Use of measure

No information available yet.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Applies to all citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: N/A

Involvement

Unknown.

Views and reactions

Unknown.

Sources

  • 01 March 2022: Maatregelen van de overheid naar aanleiding van de hoge energieprijzen (www.vlaanderen.be)

Citation

Eurofound (2022), Measures to compensate increasing energy prices for citizens, measure BE-2022-10/2405 (measures in Belgium), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/BE-2022-10_2405.html

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