29.10.2021 – 01:00
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Welfare association criticizes the promotion of electric cars as “completely wrong and unsocial”
Ulrich Schneider from the Paritätischer Gesamtverband warns: Climate protection must not divide society even deeper
Osnabrück. From the circle of charities comes sharp criticism of the current sales premiums for electric cars. Ulrich Schneider, General Manager of the Paritätischer Gesamtverband, told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung (NOZ): “We consider the current promotion of electric cars to be completely wrong and anti-social.” This promotion of previously very expensive cars means that the ecological traffic turnaround is being turned into an elite project. “In the end, wealthy people drive up with the electric SUV, and you turn up your nose at less wealthy people because they continue to drive with the old combustion engine.” Such a two-class society should not exist.
Schneider called for the promotion of electric cars to be made more social or to stop entirely. In the end, it could not be the goal “that we replace 100 percent of the vehicle fleet with electric cars” anyway. Instead, you have to get to the point of having fewer cars and, where possible, to organize more public transport.
Schneider warned that there was a clear risk “that the social divide will be deepened by climate protection.” However, it will then not be possible to make a good offensive climate protection policy that would last longer than one legislative period. It needs the approval of the population, and that only exists with social security. Otherwise, politics will be punished in the next federal election, perhaps in the next state election.
To compensate for additional costs due to climate protection, Schneider demanded the payment of an eco-lump sum from the income from the CO2 price. He emphasized: “With a CO2 price of 50 euros per tonne, an eco bonus of an estimated 150 euros per person could be paid out. A family of four would then have 600 euros net per year as compensation.”
Welfare association warns budding traffic light coalition against “gambling with pensions”
Sharp criticism of the development of capital stock – Paritätischer Gesamtverband: Future government is facing a directional decision
Osnabrück. In pension policy, there is growing criticism of the plans of the budding traffic light coalition. Ulrich Schneider, General Manager of the Paritätischer Gesamtverband, told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung (NOZ): “I believe that pensions are generally not suitable for gambling.” He criticized the plan to partially finance the statutory pensions from a capital stock in the future.
Schneider emphasized: “Even if you invest the capital very conservatively, there are considerable risks. We know how it works: you start conservatively, and then you need money, and then you consider whether you should relax the investment guidelines after all . That is why one can only warn against stock pensions for the time being. “
According to the exploratory paper by the SPD, the Greens and the FDP, the German pension insurance is to receive a capital stock of 10 billion euros in a first step from budget funds in 2022. The three parties also want to enable pension insurance to “invest its reserves on the capital market in a regulated manner”.
In the words of Schneider, the future coalition is facing a directional decision when it comes to pensions: “Do we want to privatize old-age insurance more and more, as was attempted with the crashing Riester pension? Or do we strengthen the statutory pension insurance?” He criticized that if you look at the exploratory paper, the SPD, Greens and FDP wanted to avoid a clear decision. On the one hand, the pension level should be stabilized at 48 percent. On the other hand, a replacement for Riester products is being considered and a capital stock should be built up. “You can’t see a line there. A little bit of everything is not a mature pension strategy, it’s an unhealthy compromise.”
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