Veröffentlicht: 03 December 2016 Saturday, 08:34 AM
The compromise on car tolls in Germany is criticized in neighboring countries: according to the Dutch agency reports, the Netherlands announced that they would file a complaint with Austria. The Federal Government responded to this on Friday. The Greens, meanwhile, announced that they wanted to abolish the levy after the Bundestag election in a governmental participation.
The Dutch transport minister Melanie Schulz said on Thursday that her country will go against Austria with the German car toll, as the Dutch news agency ANP reported. Belgium and Denmark could also go along.
A spokesman for the Federal Ministry of Transport said on Friday in Berlin that the federal government sees the announcement of the neighboring countries "serene". He was unsure whether "all the details" of the agreement of Thursday evening were already known in all European capital cities.
The car toll is highly controversial in Germany and abroad. Several neighbors had already protested against the project as soon as the first plans were known, and they had expressed their displeasure over the past few years.
Berlin and Brussels announced a compromise on car tolls in Germany on Thursday after months of negotiations. In contrast to the past, this offers more different short-term vignettes and cheaper prices for owners of environmentally-friendly vehicles.
According to the plans, domestic drivers are relieved of the car tax. New is the fact that holders of clean cars receive an "ecological bonus". They are to be relieved more strongly - an annual amount of an additional 100 million euros.
Car tolls in Europe
Federal Minister of Transport Alexander Dobrindt (CSU) defended the agreement on Friday in the Bundestag. "It is certain that car tolls are also coming," he said. It is the condition that "justice prevails on our streets and that the principle applies, whoever pays, also pays, but does not pay twice". He renewed his promise that no domestic driver would have to pay more than before.
According to his spokesman, the new toll law will shortly go into the departmental coordination and, if possible, be launched by the Cabinet as far as possible this year. Then the Bundestag and the Federal Council must agree.
Martin Burkert (SPD), Chairman of the Transport Committee in the Bundestag, doubted the hoped-for revenue. "It could also be a zero-sum game," said the SPD politician on Friday at Bavarian Radio.
Dobrindt, on the other hand, expects an increase of 500 million euros per year despite the adjustments made after the negotiations with the EU Commission. Although additional relief had been agreed upon, on the other hand, a new forecast would also have led to an increase in the number of people entering and coming through Germany. The bottom line is therefore that net extracts of € 2 billion are to be expected within an election period.
Green party leader Anton Hofreiter told the spark media group Friday that the car toll remained "mad". "If the federal government does not stop the Dobrindt toll, it stands high on the greenback list of the greenback list," he announced.