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Last meeting of the year: Federal Council decides on compromise on climate package


ZEIT ONLINE | News, background and debates

Berlin (dpa) - The Federal Council today decides at its last meeting in 2019 on the compromise on the climate package of the Federal Government.

After the approval of the Bundestag, a positive vote is also expected in the regional chamber, since the federal and state governments agreed on a compromise on Wednesday in the mediation committee.

The Federal Council vetoed tax proposals from the climate package at the end of November. The federal states wanted compensation for lost tax on VAT. You will now receive a total of 1.5 billion euros in compensation from the federal government from 2021 to 2024.

The negotiations in the Conciliation Committee also dealt with the CO2 price in traffic and in buildings. From 2021, this should not be 10 euros per ton, but 25 euros. By 2025, it is to be gradually increased to 55 euros, instead of 35 euros as previously planned. The corresponding law is to be changed next year. In return, a further increase in the commuter fee and relief on the electricity price are planned.

The compromise also provides that VAT on long-distance train tickets will be reduced. This should come into force in early 2020, just like a tax bonus for energy-efficient building renovation.

At the meeting, the Federal Council dealt finally with Bundestag resolutions on the federal budget for 2020, the measles vaccination requirement and the training reform for pharmaceutical technical assistants.

Source: zeit

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