Bavarian state premier calls for climate action to be enshrined in Germany’s basic law
Markus Söder, Bavaria’s conservative state premier, has embraced a long-standing demand by the Green Party, namely to enshrine climate action in Germany’s Basic Law, which had previously been rejected by his party. Söder leads the Christian Social Union (CSU): sister party and governing partner of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU).
The CSU plans to adopt its own climate concept in September, which will include a climate budget, as well as a proposal to reform the motor vehicle tax to better address CO2 emissions. Further, he has called for cutting added taxes on train tickets as much as possible, to make rail transport more attractive discourage the use of planes for short-distance travel.
Germany’s governing coalition has set out to pass a legislative package on climate action by the end of the year and plans to adopt key climate policy decisions in the so-called climate cabinet by September 20, 2019, in time for UN's upcoming New York climate summit.