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Germany to use windfall tax income to reduce energy prices for end consumers

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BERLIN, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Germany's government will use income from windfall taxes to lower end-consumer prices for gas, oil and coal, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Sunday, announcing measures to mitigate the impact of rising energy prices on its population.

Scholz said the government plans to tie certain social benefits to the current or expected inflation rate in the future and will earmark 1.5 billion euros ($1.49 billion) for a discounted public transportation offer.

The measures are part of a 65-billion-euro package the ruling coalition government agreed on Sunday to help citizens and companies struggling with rising inflation in Europe's biggest economy. ($1 = 1.0049 euros) (Reporting by Thomas Escritt Writing by Riham Alkousaa)