Bettina Jarasch, the Berlin Senator for the Environment, Mobility, Consumer and Climate Protection and Greens' top candidate for the repeat elections to the Berlin House of Representatives on February 12, has named climate protection as a key project to ensure that the city remains liveable. To do that, the city needs to be rebuilt. Although cars cannot be completely dispensed with, only electric cars should be on the road in the city center by 2030 at the latest. "We should say that now so that people know before they buy their next car," said Jarasch on Monday on the RBB television program "Your plan for Berlin?".
The 54-year-old also named the creation of affordable housing as an important project. Expropriations cannot be ruled out, but all other options should be exhausted beforehand. "It's the last resort and it can by no means be the only means." She initially relies on the idea of managing half of the housing stock in the future in a way that is oriented towards the common good: you have to get to the point where landlords allocate a proportion of their apartments to people with provide middle and low income. The problem cannot be solved by new construction alone.
Jarasch also called for an administrative reform, which unfortunately has not been done so far. The responsibilities and responsibilities between the state and district levels have not been clarified in Berlin, there is an “organized irresponsibility”: “We have umpteen tasks in this city, where the districts and the state and the various authorities refer to each other, and nobody knows who responsible is. That has to stop,” said Jarasch. You definitely need the districts, but you have to make certain things a state matter, i.e. centralize them.
Jarasch called on the Social Democrats (SPD) to position themselves on the coalition issue. She reiterated that she is in favor of continuing the government alliance with the SPD and the left - albeit under the leadership of the Greens. So far, however, she is the only one who has made clear statements during the election campaign, said Jarasch.
She now expects the same from the Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey (SPD): “I do think that the voters can expect a bit of what their vote should actually be in terms of the coalition. And I'm a bit surprised that our coalition partner SPD, at least the top candidate, has actually been wandering around lately."
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