Status: 30.11.2023, 23:58 p.m.
"We have a very clear timetable that is very ambitious," says SPD chairwoman Saskia Esken. © Michael Kappeler/dpa
When will the budget for next year be finalized? According to SPD chairwoman Saskia Esken, a timetable can be expected in the coming week.
Berlin - According to SPD chairwoman Saskia Esken, the traffic light coalition wants to set the timetable for the adoption of the 2024 federal budget shortly. "That will have to be clarified in the coming week," Esken said in the ZDF program "Maybrit Illner".
"We have a very clear timetable that is very ambitious. And we very much hope that we will be able to keep it. If we know we can meet it, we'll say so." The CDU chairman Friedrich Merz demanded in vain to clarify now when the budget for the coming year should be ready.
The Federal Constitutional Court had declared the reallocation of 60 billion euros in the 2021 budget null and void. The money had been approved as a Corona loan, but was to be used retrospectively for climate protection and the modernization of the economy. At the same time, the judges ruled that the state should not set aside emergency loans for later years. However, this is exactly what the federal government has done in special pots for the energy price brakes, among other things - which is now tearing additional holes in the budget.
Esken: The crises continue
As a result of this ruling, the adoption of the 2024 federal budget was stopped. Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) sees a "need for action" of 17 billion euros. Today, the Bundestag will first discuss a supplementary budget for the current year in the first reading. For him, an emergency situation is to be declared and the debt brake is to be suspended. It is still unclear how the traffic light coalition intends to solve the financial problem for the coming year.
Esken emphasized that the crises continue. Bundestag Vice President Katrin Göring-Eckardt (Greens) also said that the burdens from the war in Ukraine would still be felt in the coming year. "If you think you want to continue supplying weapons, I think we agree on that, if you think you want to ensure reconstruction, then that's an extraordinary situation."
CDU leader Merz assumed that declaring the emergency for 2023 "can be done this way". For 2024, however, he agrees with Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP): "The state does not have a revenue problem, but it has an expenditure problem." This would first have to be clarified by the traffic light among itself. "With 1000,445 billion euros in tax revenues, with a federal budget of 17 billion euros, there can be no emergency situation if you have to save <> billion euros elsewhere. I believe that this is possible," said Merz. Dpa