German climate protection bill avoids review at Chancellor’s office

epa07401085 Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) disregarded the Chancellery and sent her climate protection bill to ministries without cabinet approval. EPA-EFE/ADAM BERRY [Adam Berry/ epa]

The German Climate Protection Regulation is on its way and is being assessed by various German ministries – even without having first been approved by the Chancellery. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) has ignored the Chancellery and sent her climate protection bill straight to ministries, without the cabinet’s consent.

She thus initiated coordination between various government departments without having first sought approval from the Chancellor’s Office.

“I have been waiting for feedback from the Union of Christian Democrats and Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU) on our climate protection bill since February,” explained Schulze.

“Unfortunately, the CDU and CSU have only highlighted what they do not want to be incorporated in the bill. So now it’s time to take the next step,” she said.

In view of the results of the European elections, it is clear that citizens expect effective measures against climate change. Schulze wrote on Twitter that she herself could not understand why more time is being wasted on the issue.

In the coalition agreement, the CDU/CSU and SPD agreed to pass a climate protection law before the end of this year so that European climate targets could be achieved by 2030.

If Germany exceeds the ceiling of permitted greenhouse gas emissions in the sectors of agriculture, heating and transport, it will have to pay the EU billions of euros as early as next year.

The climate protection law submitted by Schulze to the Chancellor’s Office in February provides for mandatory emission limits for specific sectors. The competent ministries should be responsible for compliance and, in the event of transgressions, bear the costs.

So far, however, this has been met with strong resistance from the CDU/CSU. The transport sector, in particular, would be forced to make massive savings.

To reach an agreement by summer, Chancellor Merkel (CDU) set up a separate climate cabinet, led by competent ministers.

The cabinet will meet again on Wednesday (29 May).

[Edited by Zoran Radosavljevic]

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