Reviews After meeting Scholz and Countries: Start date for 49-euro ticket continued unclear

00:50  09 december  2022
00:50  09 december  2022 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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Im Trio nach dem Bund-Länder-Gipfel: Stephan Weil, Ministerpräsident von Niedersachsen, Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholz und Hendrik Wüst, Ministerpräsident von Nordrhein-Westfalen (von links). © Photo: dpa/Kay Nietfeld in the trio after the federal-state summit: Stephan Weil, Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Hendrik Wüst, Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia (from left).

The DeutschlandTicket should now come - also "very quickly", as Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) emphasized after the meeting with the Prime Minister of the States in Berlin on Thursday evening. But what should "very quickly" mean?

April 1, 2023 as a start for the nationwide local transport embroidery for 49 euros a month is certainly not yet. Scholz avoided calling a specific appointment and spoke of "technical questions" that the transport minister would now have to clarify. He expects "that everyone is there at a very pace," said the Chancellor. The transport ministers of the federal states would now have to "advance in the practical implementation", Scholz demanded - with which the topic is delegated back to the level of specialist minister.

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The Prime Minister of Lower Saxony Stephan Weil (SPD) said that all those responsible are now "under observation that it should not be a summer topic". He advocated working with high pressure on ending the preparations in the first quarter.

The Germany ticket must not be a summer topic.

Stephan, Prime Minister of Lower Saxony

After all: The financing of the ticket is now apparently clarified between the federal government and the countries that Scholz, because and North Rhine-Westphalia's head of government Henrik Wüst (CDU) after the almost four-hour interview on several topics how a permanent agreement announced. In any case,

2023 the federal and state governments want to share the costs of subsidizing the ticket. In the case of targeted three billion euros, it would be 1.5 billion for each side. So far, it has been controversial between the federal government and the federal states whether this budget will be kept.

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Before the meeting, Wüst had again referred to the sticking point: the new offer was calculated based on a monthly price of 69 euros. If it is now to be 20 euros cheaper, the difference is the financing problem. In the evening Wüst said that the financing is now on a solid basis. That all hurdles are eliminated, as Scholz also said - that will probably still have to be shown.

The 49 euro ticket goes back to the nine euro ticket, which the traffic light coalition had launched as part of the first relief measures due to the increased energy prices in spring. The result was a broad debate about whether and at what price a sequel would be possible.

In rural areas in particular, the offer is difficult to maintain at a low price without massive grants. Therefore, countries and municipalities had insisted on a strong financial participation of the federal government.

Central term from speech by Olaf Scholz is "Word of the Year" .
Chancellor Olaf Scholz mentioned in an important speech: "Time turn" is the "word of the year" 2022. This was given by the jury of the Society for German Language on Friday (December 9, 2022) known in Wiesbaden. © dpa An important term from a speech by Chancellor Olaf Scholz was named "Word of the Year". The photo shows the SPD politician on December 7, 2022 during a meeting of the Federal Cabinet.

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