“I regret that and it annoys me too,” said the SPD parliamentary group leader, Mützenich, summing up his opinion on the behavior of the FDP in the dispute over the planned heating law.
In the dispute over the planned heating law, SPD parliamentary group leader Rolf Mützenich (SPD) expressed his anger at what he saw as the slowdown of coalition partner FDP. “I regret that and it annoys me too,” said Mützenich on Monday in the ARD “Morgenmagazin”. This not only entails hours of discussion between the specialist deputies, “but it also annoys the parliamentary group leaders”. The coalition originally wanted to introduce the draft law on plans to replace old oil and gas heating systems in the Bundestag this week.
However, the Free Democrats are delaying the process, citing the staffing problems in Robert Habeck’s Ministry of Economics, which made deliberations on the law more difficult. The FDP now has 24 hours to agree to the first reading of the law, said Mützenich and continued: “The FDP must also be able to come to reliable consultations in the German Bundestag. You can’t do that outside of parliament. We are in a coalition.”
According to the draft law already passed by the Federal Cabinet, from 2024 every newly installed heating system should be operated with 65 percent green energy. This should apply to all owners up to the age of 80. Existing oil and gas heating systems can continue to be operated, and broken ones can be repaired. According to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the switch should be cushioned socially by funding – but the details are controversial.
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