Overview of coalition agreement
NRW wants to become the “first climate-neutral industrial region”.
06/23/2022, 5:38 p.m
North Rhine-Westphalia should become climate-neutral as quickly as possible: In their freshly negotiated coalition agreement, the CDU and the Greens are trying to give the industrial location long-term prospects. After last year, this also includes reconstruction projects.
Five and a half weeks after the state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia, the future black-green government has defined its goals. To Negotiations late into the night The CDU and the Greens presented a joint coalition agreement, which the party conferences are supposed to approve at the weekend. An overview of key projects in the “Future Contract for North Rhine-Westphalia”:
First climate-neutral industrial region
In the coalition agreement, the CDU and the Greens formulate the joint aim of making North Rhine-Westphalia “the first climate-neutral industrial region in Europe”. The aim is to achieve climate neutrality as quickly as possible. In order to promote the transformation process towards climate-neutral industry, an industry pact for climate neutrality and competitiveness is to be drawn up before the end of this year.
The parties want to speed up planning and approval procedures at all levels. New and existing funding programs are to be subjected to a “climate check”. So-called climate tracking is also to be introduced for the state’s expenditure.
Expansion of renewable energies
According to the will of both parties, at least 1000 additional wind turbines are to be built in North Rhine-Westphalia in the next five years. The CDU and the Greens want to delete general legal minimum distances between wind turbines and residential buildings.
All forest areas with damage or mass diseases are to be opened up for wind energy. The permits for new wind turbines are to be issued by the district governments in the future. Financial incentives are planned for residents.
The phase-out of coal is to be implemented by 2030. For the controversial Garzweiler opencast mine, the parties, in coordination with the operator RWE, want to achieve as little land use as possible.
strengthening the police
The North Rhine-Westphalian police force is to be significantly strengthened in the coming years: the CDU and the Greens want to hire 3,000 police officers every year. The attractiveness of the police for qualified lateral entrants should also be increased. There are also plans to appoint an independent police officer to the state parliament. The parties want to continue to focus on combating clan crime and investigating and preventing sexualized violence against children.
45,000 social housing by 2027
If the state constitution is changed, the parties want to examine how the “right to housing” can be anchored in the state constitution as a state goal. By 2027, at least 45,000 rent-controlled residential units are to be built on the Rhine and Ruhr. The CDU and the Greens want to continue to drive innovation and digitization in construction “intensively”. According to the will of the CDU and the Greens, the state should support the municipalities in the transformation of the inner cities.
Post-flood reconstruction and preparedness
Almost a year after the flood disaster in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, reconstruction is one of the central concerns in the coalition agreement. It is to be “significantly” accelerated in the affected regions.
In order to be prepared for future catastrophes, the parties want to examine the establishment of a long-term protection fund for damage events. Flood protection is to be strengthened on the basis of a ten-point work plan by the Ministry of the Environment.
division of ministries
At the weekend, the respective state associations will vote on the coalition agreement. If successful, the CDU can nominate ministers for seven departments. These include the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Education. The Greens would take over four ministries. These include a new cluster ministry for business, industry, climate protection and energy, as well as the transport ministry.