German finance ministry rejects own party’s carbon price plan

(12 Nov 2018) Plan being developed by SPD environment minister would ‘increase the burden on citizens’ said finance ministry, which is controlled by the same party.

“There are no considerations to introduce a CO2 tax or a new CO2 price and to increase the burden on citizens,” said finance ministry spokesperson Dennis Kolberg at a government press conference.

Regine Zylka, spokesperson for the environment ministry, said that the development of such a concept was just starting and would take a lot of time.

“This is not a priority at the moment,” said Zylka, and added: “Of course, our in-house experts will also coordinate their work with the experts from the federal ministry of finance.”

Schulze had announced plans to team up with fellow social democrat Scholz regarding a CO2 price during a keynote speech about her priorities as minister. In the days that followed, German mass-daily Bild reported that such a price on CO₂ could make petrol and heating oil more expensive.

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