MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
October 20, 2020
The new issue of “# Ratspräsi2Go” is dedicated to future issues
Today, climate policy no longer stops at national borders – what is decided at EU level is becoming increasingly important. The topic fits perfectly into the European political online event series “# Ratspräsi2Go”, in which Union parliamentary group vice-president Katja Leikert discusses current challenges of the EU Council Presidency with selected guests. This time she spoke to Dr. Anja Weisgerber, the climate protection officer of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group.
Katja Leikert initially pointed out that climate protection has been one of the most important political issues since the exit from nuclear power at the latest – after all, Germany is the “only industrial country that comes out of nuclear power and coal at the same time”.
Germany 🇩🇪 currently holds the EU presidency. @Cducsubt supports the German EU Presidency as much as possible. Today I was a guest at # Ratspräsi2Go & spoke on the topic of #climate politics. ❤️-Thanks @KLeikert for the invitation and the good discussion. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/dZeENY8vMp
– Anja Weisgerber (@anjaweisgerber) October 20, 2020
But ambitious plans are not only being pursued in Germany: the European Parliament has just tightened the EU climate target by 2030. Greenhouse gas emissions are to be reduced by 60 percent compared to 1990 – more than the EU Commission had previously requested. Here, however, renegotiations are still taking place, because this goal is seen as “constructively critical”, emphasized Anja Weisgerber.
Pioneers in climate protection
The Commissioner for Climate Protection of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group listed all the dangers that could lurk if the climate targets were not met: the island states of the Pacific were threatened with extinction, and the pressure to migrate from progressive global warming was enormous. In Germany, too, the consequences are already foreseeable: The hot days (i.e. over 35 degrees) are increasing, there is always a local water shortage and the forests are suffering – “not only the conifers, also the beeches”. Germany, Weisgerber continues, see as a “pioneer in climate protection”. But: “The competitive conditions must be leveled across Europe.”
Thanks to my colleague @anjaweisgerber and all participants of # Ratspräsi2Go for the good discussion. #Climate protection and economic efficiency must go hand in hand. Have to use the #GreenDeal. Everyone within the #EU must do their part. pic.twitter.com/0DhIrRWHTW
– Katja Leikert (@KLeikert) October 20, 2020
Market economy instead of bans
Has climate policy lost momentum due to Corona? No, stressed Anja Weisgerber. When the economy starts up again, instruments such as bridging aid or economic stimulus programs will ensure that our industries are future-proof. In this way, digitization, but also the consequences of climate change, would be tackled. That is why they are now relying on future technologies such as hydrogen or electromobility.
Weisgerber made it clear: “We don’t want any bans. We follow through the concept of pricing – a market-based instrument to moderate citizens and businesses on the path to sustainability. “Katja Leikert added: We have to find a balance between climate protection and economic efficiency … We are doing our auto industry no favors if we we are committed to the combustion engine without reservation. “
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