Even though the dispute over the controversial heating law has not yet been resolved within the traffic light, the Greens want to pass the law in the coming weeks.
Berlin – The Greens expect the Bundestag to pass the so-called heating law before the summer break. She assumes that the draft for the amendment to the Building Energy Act (GEG) will be introduced into the Bundestag next week, said the co-chair of the Green parliamentary group, Katharina Dröge, with the taz. "Then we can finally talk about it objectively. The majority of people are in favour of a heat transition," said Dröge. However, many are insecure because they do not know what to expect.
The leaders of the coalition had already agreed at the end of March to pass the law in the Bundestag before the summer break. The summer break begins after July 7th. Due to fundamental concerns, the FDP has so far prevented the bill on heating replacement from being dealt with in the Bundestag for the first time. The next part-session is mid-June.
Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) speaks at the German Savings Banks Day 2023. © Rüdiger Wölk/Imago
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The FDP wants fundamental improvements to a draft law already passed by the cabinet. This stipulates that from the beginning of 2024 onwards, at least 65 percent of every newly installed heating system will be powered by green energy. The changeover is to be cushioned socially by state subsidies, and there are also to be transitional periods and hardship regulations.
"The law is pragmatic and social," Dröge said in support of the draft by Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck. The Greens want to strengthen the social aspect of the parliamentary process, she added. "I am convinced that everyone has an interest in coming back to constructive cooperation," she said in view of fierce disputes over the law – even within the coalition with the SPD and the FDP. Ultimately, the heating law will be "jointly adopted".
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Federal Chairwoman Ricarda Lang, however, called on the Greens to have staying power in the dispute over the heating law and not just to look at the next polls. "And if climate protection were easy, we could leave it to politicians like Markus Söder," Lang said in her speech at the NRW state party conference on Sunday. CSU General Secretary Martin Huber then accused Lang of politics with a crowbar. "Climate protection only works with the people and with the economy – not against them," he is quoted as saying by the German Press Agency.
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Against the backdrop of the so-called heating dispute, the Greens' poll ratings at the federal level have fallen: According to an Insa poll from the end of May, the Greens are currently at 13 percent. This is the worst value since 2018. (nak/dpa)