Union faction: reverse the KfW funding freeze

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In the face of a flood of applications and “mismanagement”, the new federal government has stopped funding for energy-efficient buildings for the time being and is planning a fundamental reform. © Rolf Vennenbernd/dpa

Minister of Economics Habeck has slammed the brakes on subsidies for the construction of energy-efficient houses. Tens of thousands of applications are on hold. The Union faction is now demanding a reversal.

Berlin – The Union faction in the Bundestag is calling on the federal government to immediately reverse the KfW funding freeze for energy-efficient buildings.

In addition, a “solid, viable and sustainable” follow-up solution must be created. This emerges from a motion for a resolution by the group. Applications for funding that have already been submitted must be processed quickly and approved if the requirements are met.

“The federal government’s emergency braking in building efficiency has smashed a lot of china,” said Andreas Jung, energy policy spokesman for the parliamentary group, on Thursday of the German Press Agency. “Now we urgently need to restore reliability. We will put that to the vote in the Bundestag.”

Quick clarity required

Many people have been planning energy-saving renovations or building a house for years. Families in particular need support, said Jung. “You must now get clarity on how to proceed.” The actions of the federal government have damaged their trust. “With the stroke of a pen, the traffic light put funding on hold, immediately and completely. Without debate, without concept and without distinction, for all standards, for new construction and renovation. We have to make progress on climate protection and housing – and that’s why this has to be corrected immediately.”

The Ministry of Economics surprisingly announced on Monday that no new applications for federal funding for efficient buildings could be submitted to the state-owned KfW bank with immediate effect. The step was justified with the threat of additional expenses in the billions, which were not deposited in the budget. The decision has sparked major protests. dpa


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