The majority of the Bundesrat has rejected an application by the North Rhine-Westphalian state government to pay out the energy price flat rate planned by the federal government to pensioners, among others.

A spokeswoman for the Federal Council said on Wednesday.

Although several countries had joined the motion, it was not enough for a majority. The Federal Council met on Wednesday for a special session to talk about the federal government’s relief package. According to the draft, the energy flat rate is only intended for employed persons who are subject to income tax. Pensioners, for example, do not get the 300 euros.

The application from North Rhine-Westphalia said: “All citizens are suffering from inflation and in particular from the high energy costs. This applies not only to those in employment, but also to pensioners.” Therefore, the 300 euros should be paid out “directly with the pension”. Students and trainees should also be taken into account.

After the vote, the Düsseldorf State Chancellery tweeted that Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU) “continues to demand”: “As politicians, we have to ensure that normal people can still afford their everyday lives.”

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