Wednesday, 19 January, 2022

Gas and tobacco prices, partial unemployment …: what is changing this March 1


Several new features come into effect on Monday, in the face of the never-ending specter of the Covid crisis. A number of tariffs will change and new measures will apply. We take stock of what could change in your daily life.

The remainder in the context of partial unemployment increases for companies in the sectors hardest hit by the crisis.

Rise in tobacco and gas prices, new energy label on household appliances, arranged short-time work… Overview of what comes into force as of Monday.

Sharp rise in gas prices

The regulated gas prices applied by Engie will increase by 5.7% on average, under the cumulative effect of a rise in prices caused by a cold snap this winter in Asia and an increased use of European stocks in January , announced the regulator. In detail, households will see their bills increase by 1.5% for customers who use gas for cooking, by 3.4% for those who have dual use, cooking and hot water, and by 5.9 % for fireplaces that heat with gas.

This is a significant increase this month. But since January 1, 2019, regulated prices have fallen by 9.2% in all, and their level remains below that of 2015, according to the Energy Regulatory Commission.

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Tobacco price evolution

Some cigarette packs are going to get more expensive. According to the brands, twenty packs of cigarettes will increase by 10 cents. Conversely, for other smokers, the bill will be (slightly) reduced. Certain packs of 20 cigarettes – those of Gauloises – will drop by 10 cents. Currently sold for 10 euros, they will go from March 1 to 9.90 euros.

Read also:

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Adjustment of partial unemployment

While a tightening of the partial unemployment system had been mentioned, the current conditions for compensation for partial unemployment are finally maintained until the end of March, due to the health and economic crisis linked to Covid-19. For the sectors hardest hit by the crisis (tourism, culture, sport, leisure, hotels and restaurants), state support remains at 100%.

For other companies, the system remains the same: compensation up to 70% of gross salary (84% net) with a remainder of 15% for companies. This remaining charge was to rise to 40% in March. These rates are likely to change in April “if the evolution of the health situation allows it”, indicated the government.

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New, more readable energy label

In order to better guide you towards energy efficient goods, a new version of the European energy label will appear on household appliance products. Ratings from A to G will replace the current displays which ranged from A +++ to D.

Four categories of equipment are concerned: refrigerators / freezers / wine cabinets, washing machines, dishwashers and televisions / screens. In addition to the rating scale, this new version will be accompanied by a QR Code providing access to additional technical information, of a non-commercial nature, provided by the manufacturers.

Merchants have until March 18 to tag these categories in their physical and online stores.

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By default, no cutlery and sauce in the meals delivered

If you order a delivery snack from platforms such as Uber Eats or Deliveroo, they will not always provide you with cutlery and sauces. It will therefore be necessary to indicate during your order if you want some. Twelve experiments to reuse the containers, including deposit systems, are also launched on Monday.

This change is part of a commitment made by 19 food delivery players in France to reduce their single-use packaging by 50%. The objective is to reach 50% of packaging delivered without single-use plastic by January 1, 2022, then 70% by January 1, 2023. This charter also sets a target of 100% recyclable packaging by January 1, 2022 .

Read also:

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Extension of the “Cycling Help”

Good news for cyclists since the “Bike boost” device, launched by the Ministry of Ecological Transition to encourage the use of the bicycle as a mode of travel, is extended until March 31.

As a reminder, this is a premium of up to 50 euros per unit, “directly applied to your invoice for all services relating to the repair of your bike”, as well as advice for repairing your bike. saddle, says the government.

Read also:

Supply, a 2021 challenge for the French bicycle industry

Several new features come into effect on Monday, in the face of the never-ending specter of the Covid crisis. A number of tariffs will change and new measures will apply. We take stock of what could change in your daily life.

The remainder in the context of partial unemployment increases for companies in the sectors hardest hit by the crisis.

Rise in tobacco and gas prices, new energy label on household appliances, arranged short-time work… Overview of what comes into force as of Monday.

Sharp rise in gas prices

The regulated gas prices applied by Engie will increase by 5.7% on average, under the cumulative effect of a rise in prices caused by a cold snap this winter in Asia and an increased use of European stocks in January , announced the regulator. In detail, households will see their bills increase by 1.5% for customers who use gas for cooking, by 3.4% for those who have dual use, cooking and hot water, and by 5.9 % for fireplaces that heat with gas.

This is a significant increase this month. But since January 1, 2019, regulated prices have fallen by 9.2% in all, and their level remains below that of 2015, according to the Energy Regulatory Commission.

Read also:

Engie fundamentally overhauls its staff

Tobacco price evolution

Some cigarette packs are going to get more expensive. According to the brands, twenty packs of cigarettes will increase by 10 cents. Conversely, for other smokers, the bill will be (slightly) reduced. Certain packs of 20 cigarettes – those of Gauloises – will drop by 10 cents. Currently sold for 10 euros, they will go from March 1 to 9.90 euros.

Read also:

Covid: the fight against smoking slowed down by confinements

Adjustment of partial unemployment

While a tightening of the partial unemployment system had been mentioned, the current conditions for compensation for partial unemployment are finally maintained until the end of March, due to the health and economic crisis linked to Covid-19. For the sectors hardest hit by the crisis (tourism, culture, sport, leisure, hotels and restaurants), state support remains at 100%.

For other companies, the system remains the same: compensation up to 70% of gross salary (84% net) with a remainder of 15% for companies. This remaining charge was to rise to 40% in March. These rates are likely to change in April “if the evolution of the health situation allows it”, indicated the government.

Read also:

DECRYPTION – Covid: three things to know about short-time working, a business dilemma

New, more readable energy label

In order to better guide you towards energy efficient goods, a new version of the European energy label will appear on household appliance products. Ratings from A to G will replace the current displays which ranged from A +++ to D.

Four categories of equipment are concerned: refrigerators / freezers / wine cabinets, washing machines, dishwashers and televisions / screens. In addition to the rating scale, this new version will be accompanied by a QR Code providing access to additional technical information, of a non-commercial nature, provided by the manufacturers.

Merchants have until March 18 to tag these categories in their physical and online stores.

Read also:

Smartphone, washing machine, PC …: an environmental label to repair rather than throw away

By default, no cutlery and sauce in the meals delivered

If you order a delivery snack from platforms such as Uber Eats or Deliveroo, they will not always provide you with cutlery and sauces. It will therefore be necessary to indicate during your order if you want some. Twelve experiments to reuse the containers, including deposit systems, are also launched on Monday.

This change is part of a commitment made by 19 food delivery players in France to reduce their single-use packaging by 50%. The objective is to reach 50% of packaging delivered without single-use plastic by January 1, 2022, then 70% by January 1, 2023. This charter also sets a target of 100% recyclable packaging by January 1, 2022 .

Read also:

With the health crisis, the delivery of meals has entered our customs

Extension of the “Cycling Help”

Good news for cyclists since the “Bike boost” device, launched by the Ministry of Ecological Transition to encourage the use of the bicycle as a mode of travel, is extended until March 31.

As a reminder, this is a premium of up to 50 euros per unit, “directly applied to your invoice for all services relating to the repair of your bike”, as well as advice for repairing your bike. saddle, says the government.

Read also:

Supply, a 2021 challenge for the French bicycle industry