FDP leader Christian Lindner has reiterated his party’s call for a national reconstruction fund for the areas devastated by the flood disaster.
The emergency aid payments initially planned by the federal government are “appropriate and correct,” he said on Wednesday in the ARD’s “Morgenmagazin”. In addition, a fund such as that created after the severe floods in 2013 is required for the development.
The development fund at that time was financed jointly by the federal government and the federal states, added Lindner. The distribution of sales tax was decisive. The application and payment procedures are also established and can simply be adopted. “The wheel doesn’t have to be reinvented,” said the FDP chairman. The fund can be set up quickly.
In 2013, the federal and state governments provided eight billion euros to repair flood damage and to compensate citizens and companies. Up to 80 percent of the damage has been replaced.
The Federal Cabinet will deal with initial emergency aid for the flood areas in Berlin on Wednesday. According to media reports, these should be worth a total of 400 million euros, with the federal government and federal states each contributing half. Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) and Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) want to present details in the morning.
At the same time, Lindner spoke out in favor of accelerating the planning and approval procedures for faster reconstruction of the affected areas. The construction of new infrastructure and residential buildings as part of the usual processes takes too long. “Here we expect solutions from the federal government as to how this can be done more quickly,” said the FDP politician in the “Morgenmagazin”.
At the same time, Lindner was open to the future introduction of compulsory insurance against natural hazards caused by storms. “We must and should have the debate now,” he stressed.
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