MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Mister President! Dear Colleagues! After the presidium has changed and the Schleswig-Holstein Connection is now present here in the plenary,
(Jan Korte [DIE LINKE]: I’m going! – Deputy Jan Korte [DIE LINKE] leaves the plenary hall)
I am pleased that today we have a lively discussion on Section 16, as we did a year ago, which deals with the environment, nature conservation and reactor safety. I will also tell you quite honestly that our lives have changed fundamentally since that debate a year ago; it has been named several times. We live in a pandemic.
This pandemic not only has an impact on our environmental and nature conservation policy, but also, in particular, on budgetary policy. This year we have already decided on two extraordinary supplementary budgets here in this House and with the government draft for the 2021 budget we are now almost back to the regular rhythm. Here, too, it quickly becomes clear how extensive the effects are, not only with regard to the environment and nature conservation, but also with a closer look at our public finances.
Ladies and gentlemen, at the initiative of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, we debated the issue of sustainability intensively last week. It is very important to my group to get this term out of political constriction. The aim is the preservation of creation and thus the design of our living space in such a way that not only we, but also the following generations can lead a good life on this globe.
Sustainability means, of course, environmental and climate protection in particular, but much more than that. Sustainability is a basic principle in all policy areas. For me as a budget politician, this applies in particular to our public finances, of course, especially with a view to the fact that we are not only leaving our children and grandchildren an ideal world, but also not leaving a huge mountain of debt to future generations. That, too, is a good deal of sustainable policy.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU)
Achieving this goal under the effects of the corona pandemic is challenging. The grand coalition faces up to this responsibility and will master it successfully on the basis of a good government draft at the end of these budget discussions. In the upcoming deliberations, it will above all be a matter of examining every issue position precisely – we make this effort – and questioning whether it makes sense. In the past few years, thanks to the bubbling tax revenue, we have been able to fulfill many wishes. With a view to a record new debt in this year and in view of the still significant planned new debt of 96 billion euros in the next year, these “golden times” are over for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, we will also feel this in Section 16.
Ladies and gentlemen, the present government bill is what I believe is initially a balanced budget. We will thus stay on course and provide the necessary funds for environmental, climate and nature protection. With this in mind, I can only agree with you, Minister: The 2021 federal budget is planning considerable investments in climate and environmental protection. The relevant energy and climate fund, from which the national climate protection measures are financed, is again growing significantly to 42 billion euros. We are thus backing the measures of the climate protection program with the necessary funding and thus fulfilling our responsibility for fast and effective, but at the same time humane climate protection. That, dear colleagues, is pure sustainability.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU)
In addition to the areas of environmental, climate and nature protection, we also have a somewhat unloved stepchild that we have to deal with intensively with a view to the budgetary impact. It is about the disposal of nuclear waste. The previous speaker Karsten Möring pointed out that the federal budget already has over 1 billion euros a year for this important task. Here, too, of course, it is about sustainability, because we want to store this waste safely and permanently so that our children and grandchildren do not have to fear any negative effects. It is all the more important that the search for a new repository site, which has caused quite a stir this week, is continued and successfully completed with all thoroughness and traceability. Here – I repeat what Karsten Möring said – scientific expertise is still required before a political assessment can be made.
Ladies and gentlemen, difficult budget negotiations still lie ahead of us. We will miss the ease of the last few years, when there was always enough money. We are now all the more challenged to make responsible decisions within the framework of the budget available, as the saying goes. With this in mind, I would like to thank you for your attention and look forward to our joint deliberations until we decide on this budget at second and third readings.
Minister, I not only congratulate you on your birthday; As the last speaker, I would also like to wish you a happy birthday. I hope you have enjoyed and enriched this lively debate on Section 16, the budget of your house.
With this in mind, ladies and gentlemen, dear colleagues: all remain negative in the pandemic! Because if you get a negative certificate, then that is positive in the corona crisis.
Thank you very much.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)
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