“Lobby has my coalition partner firmly under control”

In the dispute over the distribution of the CO2 costs, SPD leader Scholz attacks the Union hard. Environment Minister Schulze also warns the Union against breaking its word.

In attack mode: SPD leader Olaf Scholz

SPD Chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz accuses the Union of preventing landlords from participating in the new CO2 surcharge only because of lobbying interests. He was very outraged that “a lobby has my coalition partner firmly under control,” said the finance minister in Berlin on Wednesday. From the point of view of the landlords’ interests, this prevents them from sharing half of the higher heating costs. “But that’s too much for the real estate lobby,” said Scholz. “And that is too much for those who have the say in the CDU parliamentary group.” The Union parliamentary group previously had one in the government
agreement reached on a 50% apportionment of the costs was rejected.

Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) also warns the Union against breaking its word. Schulze said on Tuesday evening that she was incredibly annoyed that the solution found was being questioned again. A finished model is on the table to split the costs between tenants and landlords. She hope that a solution will still be found. “It’s actually been promised by the Union. I hope they keep their word. ”If not, this will be a campaign topic.

Schulze is reacting to the newly inflamed resistance from the Union faction. On Monday evening, the state secretaries of all ministries first agreed to split the CO2 costs in half, and the cabinet should approve this Wednesday. In the course of Tuesday, parts of the CDU parliamentary group announced that they would stand against the project. Therefore, it does not currently look like the plan will be approved by the cabinet this Wednesday.

“Then the landlords tend to look for singles”

The resistance was led by the spokesman for the Union Group for Law and Consumer Protection, Jan-Marco Luczak. He had said on Tuesday: “We, as a parliamentary group, did not order the wording aid to pass half the CO2 costs on to landlords; Half of the CO2 consumption costs being passed on to the landlords represents a fundamental breach of the polluter pays principle. “Landlords have no influence whatsoever on the consumption behavior of tenants, but they should still pay for it. “That is neither fair nor just. On the contrary, it even creates incentives for climate-damaging user behavior. Half of the steering effect of the CO2 pricing would be ineffective, so it does not serve the climate. ”Tenants are already relieved by the decision to lower the EEG surcharge for electricity costs, and the housing allowance has also been increased.

Union parliamentary group vice-president Carsten Linnemann also said that he refused to split the additional CO2 costs in half between tenants and landlords. “The polluter pays principle cannot be reduced to absurdity.” In the end, the tenants would not benefit from such a regulation either. “Because then the landlords tend to look for singles with low heating costs. Families would be left behind. “

On the other hand, SPD parliamentary group vice Sören Bartol argued: “The landlord is responsible for the renovation status and heating of a rented apartment. The fact that tenants and landlords share the additional costs of CO2 pricing fairly is therefore fair and correct in terms of climate policy. ”In the meantime, in addition to Building Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU), Economics Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) has also seen this. In fact, the federal government had already agreed in its “Climate Pact” in mid-May that 50 percent of the costs of the CO2 price should be borne by the landlords. Of course, the laws are not passed by the government, but by the Bundestag. Against the resolute resistance of the Union Group, that would not be possible.

The CO2 price of currently 25 euros per tonne of CO2 has made fossil fuels more expensive since the beginning of the year. In its draft law, the SPD-led Ministry of Justice expects an average 140 square meter apartment to cost 165 euros more per year. In this case, landlords should in future pay 82.50 euros from their own coffers.

How things will continue in the face of resistance in parliament is open. It is conceivable that in the end the 50:50 rule will come about, but at the same time the state subsidies for energy-efficient building renovations will be increased. Two thirds of the residential buildings in Germany were built before the introduction of the first Thermal Insulation Ordinance in 1977, so experts rate the need for renovation accordingly.