Reviews: countries and unions for changes to relief package

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In the federal states, there are continuing resistances against the third-party relief package of the traffic light coalition. Above all, there is a lack of a lack of coordination by the federal government with the countries in the financing of the individual relief measures.

Die Ministerpräsidenten von Bayern, Markus Söder (l), und Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann. Das Entlastungspaket sei «keinesfalls zustimmungsfähig», sagt Söder. Auch Baden-Württemberg hat mit einem Nein zu Teilen des Maßnahmenbündels gedroht. © Sven Hoppe/dpa The Prime Minister of Bavaria, Markus Söder (L), and Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann. The relief package is "in no way capable of approval," says Söder. Baden-Württemberg also threatened to share the bundle of measures.

"In the current form, the relief package is by no means approval," said Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder of "Welt am Sonntag". Previously, Baden-Württemberg had also threatened to parts of the bundle of measures with a no in the Federal Council. Criticism also comes from the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB), to which the plans do not go far enough.

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The traffic light coalition had presented a third package of measures at the beginning of September as a compensation for the rapidly rising prices, the extent of which the government estimates at around 65 billion euros. The measures include, for example, one -off payments for pensioners and students and a price lid for a basic requirement of energy.

dispute over 9-euro-ticket successor

The coalition also strives for a successor to the nationwide 9-euro ticket at a price of 49 to 69 euros a month-if the federal states finance this. There is a lot of arguments at the last point. «It cannot be that Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing only participates in a price signal, and then it is done for him with public transport. Local transport must not only be favorable, but also in many areas, »said the Prime Minister of Saarland, Anke Rehlinger (SPD), the newspaper.

No other agreement on third relief package

 No other agreement on third relief package Berlin. It is a long day in Berlin: Since the morning, the heads of the traffic light government have been advising on new relief measures for citizens. But there is no agreement. © Michael Sohn The Chancellery in Berlin at night (archive). In the evening, the advice of the tops of the coalition parties SPD, Greens and FDP continued, it was said from negotiation circles. It was open whether there will be an agreement on Saturday.

In principle, the dispute over the distribution of costs of relief measures between the federal and state governments revolves. Bremen Mayor Andreas Bovenschulte (SPD) told the “Welt am Sonntag”: “If the division proposed by the federal government remains, Bremen alone costs the previous three relief packages almost 300 million euros. Here the federal government has to improve significantly. »

Söder: Never treated so badly before

Söder said: "Centralized and lonely decisions are made that can no longer be financed by the countries within the framework of the debt brake - while the federal government is handling in shadow households with gigantic sums". The countries have never been treated as poorly by a federal government as today.

Saxony-Anhalt Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU) called the dealing with the federal government "irresponsible". Right now you need a permanently institutionalized coordination procedure between the federal and state governments, «similar to the Chancellor Merkel in the Corona crisis. It was always accessible. This preliminary vote does not take place today. »

traffic light plans: The first federal state will successfully reject the 9-euro ticket. It was part of the relief measures for citizens in the course of increasing energy prices and should also be a signal for the traffic transition. Although it was a s

 traffic light plans: The first federal state will successfully reject the 9-euro ticket. It was part of the relief measures for citizens in the course of increasing energy prices and should also be a signal for the traffic transition. Although it was a s © dpa A successor for the 9-euro ticket is sought. in its decisions for an third relief package , the traffic light coalition has now agreed on a connection model at the weekend - but certainly at a much higher price. The nationwide local traffic embroidery should therefore move between 49 and 69 euros a month in a price range, according to the relatively vague announcement.

On September 28, a special conference of the state chiefs with Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) is planned, in which the issues are to be cleared out.

Further claims

meanwhile, claims for further measures are already being loud beyond the relief package. Lower Saxony's Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD) told the German Press Agency that this could not have been the last step. Now it is still a matter of help for companies that are in trouble, he said.

The head of the German Trade Union Confederation, Yasmin Fahimi, called for a different focus. "The traffic light coalition would be better advised to agree on a few, but all the more extensive measures," she told the "Welt am Sonntag". The government should also focus more on what private households and companies need in the medium term to get through the crisis over a longer period of time.

Fahimi called for a gas price lid and at short notice another energy price flat rate of 500 euros per person, plus 100 euros for each child. Further aid is necessary for recipients of social benefits, more protection for tenants in the event of payment failures.

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© Thomas Peter/Reuters The partly dry river bed of the Gan Jiang in China's province of Jiangxi during a dry period in August Federal Development Minister Svenja Schulze sees emerging countries such as China in the financing of measures against climate change . "Almost a third of global emissions are already coming from China at the moment," Schulze told the news portal " News" on the occasion of the COP27, the UN climate conference in Sharm El-Scheich in Egypt.

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