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Federal Government: Cabinet approves climate package


The next step for the implementation of the climate package of the Federal Government is done: The Cabinet put the measures decided by the coalition on the way.

Critics doubt that with the decisions of CO2 emissions can reduce by 2030 in the planned extent. But the Cabinet has endorsed the package of measures for better climate protection. By 2023, the federal government wants to make 54 billion euros available. The coalition had worked out the cornerstones of the agreement last week (read how the agreement came about).

There is still a long way to go before the climate package comes into force: numerous laws need to be amended to implement the requirements. In the cornerstone paper, many details are still unclear - for example, with what sum the purchase of climate-friendly electric cars should be promoted in the future or what financial relief or relief from the transformation of motor vehicle tax according to CO2 aspects on the citizens.

Another hurdle in the process is that some of the legislative changes require the approval of the Federal Council. There, the federal government will depend on the votes of countries in which the Greens co-govern, where appropriate, the approval of countries with FDP government participation is needed. However, the Greens had already criticized the package as inadequate and called for tightening, the FDP, however, warns against such tightening.

Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) was open to subsequent changes in the climate package in the Bundesrat. If any potential improvements were suggested there, she would listen to this "unbiased," Schulze told the newspapers in the Funke Mediengruppe.

Green parliamentary leader Anton Hofreiter spoke in the "New Osnabrück newspaper" of a "narrow-gauge climate package". "So that the climate crisis does not escalate, now finally counter-measures and decided action must be taken."

"We urge the Federal Government to present a true climate protection package that meets the challenge," said Hofreiter. These included the expansion of renewable energies including wind power and an effective and social CO2 price with a real ecological steering effect.

Source: spiegel

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