MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Thank you very much, Madam President. – Ms. Korkmaz-Emre, let me tell you very pragmatically: if you think that this household alone bears the social democratic signature, then we will gladly take a little more from it.
(Applause from members of the SPD)
We would have nothing against it – not even our colleague Thomas Jurk – if you got the “Transport Minister” or “Bicycle Minister” Olaf Scholz to
(Stefan Gelbhaar [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: Haha!)
to increase the transport budget again.
(Stefan Gelbhaar [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: The Minister of Transport himself has to laugh!)
I think even my colleagues from the Greens would applaud if the parliamentary procedure, perhaps in the federal government’s adjustment bill, for example, still included the missing 2.5 billion euros for investments in the railways. Thomas Jurk and I would like to contribute that to the budget accordingly.
(Call from the LEFT)
Other orders have also been made, so it is good to follow such a debate. Then, thanks to colleague Storjohann’s speech tomorrow, for example, you can save yourself the appointment for which an hour has been set. It took you four minutes to figure out what you would like to have around the house. I then delete this one hour from my calendar.
The transport budget is the largest investment budget, and thus it is also the largest design budget. The minister said earlier – that also shows a certain self-confidence -: “Make the budget, which is already excellent, a little bit better!” Thank you for remembering that it is primarily the task of Parliament to shape the budget! The Minister of Transport also knows from experience that we have always done this very lovingly.
In the past – if you look at this legislature – we managed to ramp up investments. And I also have to say: I am really happy that this minister is spending so much money. Because that wasn’t always the case. We’ve had years in which you increased funds, and then in the end you increased the leftovers, so to speak. That’s putting it in the shop window, it’s useless to us. And the investment ramp-up that has succeeded is really a product of this legislative period. That also has a lot to do with the fact that we have increased planning capacities. This means that Parliament approved more posts in the procedure and, of course, made planning possible.
But what always causes us difficulties is implementation. We agree on many things here. We know, for example, that if we want to strengthen freight transport, we have to get the measures for the use of 740-meter trains in place. Of course they can drive today, but they cannot be overtaken and are therefore a big problem.
Building new routes is absolutely necessary. But of course you also have to implement it on site. The hardship of the level is the implementation. It would be important for us to find the consensus to say: If we decide on transport routes here in Parliament, then we have to support them in their implementation, and indeed the policy as a whole, so that there is acceleration
(Shouting from Abig. Reinhold Sendker [CDU / CSU])
so that in the future we will no longer need an estimated 20 or 25 years from the idea of a high-speed railway line to its realization.
By the way, I believe that even for those who complain against such a route, it is better if they don’t have to put their energy into something for 15 years and only then find out the decision. Can’t you manage to finally weigh things up within three, four or five years, then build, or maybe not? For this, there must also be a willingness to fight for it together on site.
In any case, it is significant that the share of rails in the household has grown significantly. I don’t want to go into the conflict between rail and car traffic now. Because in the interests of sustainability, we have to look at how we can best provide the transport service. We must certainly continue to invest in road construction in the future because it will not do us any good if we have ailing roads; that doesn’t make freight traffic any better.
The alternative fuels have been addressed. You are sometimes smiled at. When I look at the situation in my constituency, I almost believe that these e-fuels are actually only made so that the Greens can drive their SUVs with a better conscience.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU)
In any case, in the last European elections, the polling station with the most votes for the Greens was in the district that has the most new registrations of SUVs. So we do something to ensure that you use all the possibilities in life and feel comfortable with it.
(Jan Korte [DIE LINKE]: That wasn’t bad!)
– What was bad?
(Jan Korte [DIE LINKE]: No, that wasn’t bad!)
– Thank you. That’s right too. – But that’s the reality of life.
There is one thing we do not really want together, namely to be lousy, but we want to achieve an improvement towards sustainability. That will be the decisive factor. And if you are responsible for the largest investment budget here, then of course the exciting question is: what contribution are we making to sustainable development? If you look at the development of this budget, you can see that it is not yet perfect, but it has got better every year.
Thank you very much.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.