News Digest Item
02 Nov 2016

“Climate plan: Hendricks demands Merkel put down her foot”

dpa / Federal government

Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks has demanded Chancellor Angela Merkel put down her foot in the dispute over the Climate Action Plan 2050. According to news agency dpa, Hendricks told the Funke Mediengruppe she had discussed her proposals with Merkel in advance. “If the Chancellor’s authority to set policy guidelines is worth anything, the draft proposal should return from the consultation with the other ministries almost unchanged.” Hendricks added that all ministries shared responsibility for finding ways to reach the agreed climate goals.
At an event in Berlin yesterday, chief of the Chancellery Peter Altmaier said Hendricks’ plan was an important instrument for climate protection and he was positive a compromise would be found. “There will be a Climate Action Plan 2050,” Altmaier said. He made it clear, however, that he saw the environment minister as responsible for finding a compromise.

Read the article in German here.  

For background read the CLEW article Ministry avoids concrete targets in weakened Climate Action Plan.

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