Heidelberg (dpa) - Gas prices in Germany are lower than in most other European countries. This is due to relatively low taxes and levies on natural gas, according to an evaluation of the comparison portal Verivox, which is the German Press Agency.

According to this, the concession fee, gas tax and value added tax currently make up around a quarter of the gas price in Germany. A further quarter is accounted for by network fees, and about half goes to gas suppliers for procurement, distribution and margin. By comparison, the state share of the electricity price is well over 50 percent; Consumer prices are the second highest in Europe.

Among 25 EU countries, German gas prices are at 12.08 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) in 12th place, according to Verivox, citing data from the European statistics agency Eurostat for the second half of 2018. Thus, gas is cheaper in Germany than in Germany EU average of 6.7 cents. Gas is the most expensive for final consumers in Sweden (12.23 cents / kWh) and Italy (9.51 cents / kWh), the cheapest in Hungary (3.47 cents / kWh) and Romania (3.54 cents / kWh) ). In addition, taking into account local purchasing power, only five countries in Europe are cheaper than Germany, with Belgium and Estonia at the top. The price of gas is the heaviest for consumers in Sweden and Spain.

The comparatively favorable retail price initially results from the fact that even the net price without taxes in Germany is below the EU average. "The reasons for this are the central location of Germany on the European mainland and the good connection to international gas flows," said Valerian Vogel, energy expert at Verivox. And then the taxes and levies in Germany are 1.57 cents / kWh, compared to 1.8 cents / kWh in the European average. The highest taxes and duties on gas have to be met by consumers in Sweden (5.16 cents / kWh) and Denmark (4.96 cents / kWh).