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This is what experts and associations say about the formation of the traffic light coalition

PETER GERBER, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL ASSOCIATION OF THE GERMAN AIR TRANSPORT INDUSTRY (BDL):

“The plan to use the revenue from the air traffic tax to ramp up the market for alternative fuels in future is an important step on the way to climate-friendly air traffic. The promotion of climate protection measures on the ground, such as supplying aircraft with ground power, is also accelerating the advancement of aviation towards climate neutrality. “

DIRK ENGELHARDT, EXECUTIVE BOARD Spokesman for the Federal Association of Freight Transport, Logistics and Disposal (BGL):

“The BGL welcomes the coalition agreement between the SPD, the Greens and the FDP. It is a very good basis for mastering the future tasks of the medium-sized transport and logistics industry and for ensuring the competitiveness of Germany as a logistics location. Points plan, such as improving controls for fair competitive conditions and better working conditions in logistics, reducing bureaucracy and modernizing training and further education, expanding secure truck parking spaces and facilitating the approval process for large-scale and heavy transports as well as a CO2 Differentiation in the truck toll without the double burden of the CO2 price. “

CLEMENS FUEST, PRESIDENT IFO INSTITUTE:

“The Ampel investment projects are financed by several instruments. Firstly, KfW is to play an important role and, if necessary, be provided with additional capital. In this way, investments can be financed to a considerable extent. However, these must be investments with financial returns, Secondly, it is indicated that loans will be taken out within the framework of special federal funds in 2021 and 2022, which could then finance transformation projects in the following years.

Thirdly, state companies such as Deutsche Bahn are to be provided with additional funds, which are also financed by loans. All of this is possible within the framework of the debt brake. In order to counter the criticism that shadow budgets are impairing transparency and democratic control, the coalition wants to strengthen parliamentary supervision of these budgets and ensure more transparency towards the public. The traffic light coalition has decided not to suspend the debt brake beyond 2022, although it is currently unclear whether the pandemic will be over by then. Maybe this will be reconsidered. Overall, I think that the projects can be financed with this package of measures. But you will only be able to judge precisely when the plans have been concretized. “

LUCAS GUTTENBERG, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE JACQUES DELORS CENTER IN BERLIN:

“The agreement is good news for Europe and the euro zone. It opens the door to adapting EU fiscal rules to the new reality. It sets the right goals for such a reform and avoids hasty red lines. Now it is up to the rest of the EU to take the new government at its word. “

HANS PETER WOLLSEIFER, PRESIDENT OF THE CENTRAL ASSOCIATION OF GERMAN CRAFTS:

“With the coalition agreement that has been submitted, the traffic light is finally given concrete contours and is backed up with substance. This enables our companies to make investments, as well as employment and training planning. Our first impression is that the contract contains great ambitions, for example in terms of climate protection, but also big question marks, for example in the urgently needed reform of the social security systems, which must be made future-proof. “

LUKAS SIEBENKOTTEN, PRESIDENT OF THE GERMAN RENTAL ASSOCIATION:

“The coalition agreement is unfortunately a disappointment for tenants. We were hoping to get real progress with the traffic light compared to the grand coalition, instead we are not making any progress with effective tenant protection because loopholes have not been closed who wants to seriously fight against it in the cities cannot be satisfied with lowering the cap for existing rents in homeopathic doses. “

VERENA BENTELE, PRESIDENT OF THE SOCIAL ASSOCIATION VDK:

“In the contract, many good suggestions are made and problems in the health care system are finally being tackled. It is not enough for a big hit. The majority in the country has been calling for everyone to be included in the statutory insurance system for years. It remains important that doctors in particular must be given more incentives to settle in the country. “

FELIX PAKLEPPA, GENERAL MANAGER OF THE CENTRAL ASSOCIATION OF GERMAN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY (ZDB):

“We welcome the announcement by the Ampelkoalition to emphasize the importance of building with an independent ministry. In the past we have repeatedly called for a building ministry to come, and we are satisfied. The goal of building 400,000 apartments a year is ambitious. Because in the past few years we have built around 300,000 apartments a year. But it is also true that only new building can help against the housing shortage. The fact that the coalition is increasing the linear depreciation from two percent to three percent is long overdue and will encourage investment in rental apartment construction. “

JÜRGEN RESCH, FEDERAL MANAGER OF GERMAN ENVIRONMENTAL AID:

“The handwriting of the car companies is unmistakable. It is unbelievable that the CSU car lobby policy should be continued seamlessly. Germany should remain the country of speeders, ever larger SUV city tanks and state-financed climate killer company cars. Even diesel subsidies should remain and the future Euro 7 emissions standard should not endanger “added value and jobs.” No measures that would significantly reduce CO2 emissions over the next four years The traffic section clearly violates the fundamental climate protection decision of the Federal Constitutional Court, which we helped to achieve. Therefore, we are asking the traffic light government to take short-term effective measures such as a speed limit on autobahns, 80 km / h out of town and through our pending climate action before the Berlin-Brandenburg Higher Administrative Court Forcing speed 30 in the city, with which up to Saving eight million tons of CO2 per year. “

GERMAN HEMP ASSOCIATION:

“The traffic light has lived up to its own claim to be a real reform coalition and to end the stalemate after 16 years of CDU-led governments. Cannabis is the best example of this. The new government is finally orienting itself towards facts and is boldly advancing internationally Many countries will follow suit and legalize cannabis as well. “

ANDREAS IBEL, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT REAL ESTATE AND HOUSING COMPANIES (BFW):

“The construction of 400,000 apartments per year is a very ambitious goal. The new federal government must be measured by this. That is why it is right to increase the straight-line depreciation for new housing construction.”

IRIS BETHGE-KRAUSS, GENERAL MANAGER OF THE FEDERAL ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC BANKS (VÖB):

“The traffic light partners are facing major challenges with their coalition agreement and the need for action by the new government is immense. With the coalition agreement, the self-proclaimed ‘reform and progress coalition’ has every chance to set the course for a more sustainable, climate-neutral and competitive economy The parties should now swiftly vote in favor of the coalition agreement so that the new government can begin its work. We welcome the clear intention to rely more heavily on public banks in the upcoming transformation – especially in innovation and investment financing and countries as well as the Landesbanken are ready for it. ” (Reuters)