CSU-General Secretary Markus Blume has sharply criticized the SPD plans for a ground rent and accused the party of coalition-damaging behavior. “The nerves are bare at the SPD. While Europe is facing fateful days, the SPD organizes chaos days in the coalition, “said Blume of the” Passauer Neue Presse “. A basic pension without a means test is fundamentally wrong because it contradicts the coalition agreement and exploits the solidarity of all taxpayers.
Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil and Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (both SPD) had previously agreed on a concept for the basic pension. According to Heils plan, three million retirees are to receive a basic pension from 2021 onwards. In East Germany, 15 percent of pensioners could count on the premium, in the West 11 percent. It should not be checked whether someone is in need: income of the partner or assets should not be counted.
Heil estimates the costs at 3.8 billion euros in the first year, rising to 4.8 billion euros by 2025. The ground rent is to be financed from a “removal of the superfluous tax subsidies for hoteliers and a moderate taxation of financial transactions,” as Heil said. The end of the “Mövenpick tax” of Union and FDP, which was associated with the reduction of the VAT rate from 19 to 7 percent in 2010, to bring the bill of Heil and Scholz 700 million euros. From the planned, controversial in the EU financial transaction tax, the SPD wants to divert about 500 million euros. Heil also wants to reduce the health insurance contribution rate for pensioners from 14.6 to 14.0 percent. This would relieve pension insurance and pensioners by around 800 million euros each. At the same time, however, access would lead to a hole of around 1.6 billion euros in the coffers – which corresponds to one tenth of the contribution rate. The reason for this shift is the argument that relieving pensioners is fair because they did not receive sickness benefits.
According to the bill, the Federal Employment Agency should also contribute to financing. It is intended to transfer higher pension contributions to recipients of unemployment benefit I. So far, there are contributions to 80 percent of the last income, in future it should be contributions to 100 percent. As a result, 900 million euros would be transferred from the unemployment insurance to the pension fund.
The CDU had immediately rejected the basic pension concept of the coalition partner on Wednesday. CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak, for example, declared on Wednesday: “This draft will not happen to the German Bundestag.”
“Only then will there be an agreement”
The Union budget politician Axel Fischer added on Thursday that the proposals of salvation are “as well-known as well as worn-out stock issues for a populist-ideological election campaign, with which the SPD wants to influence gullible voters.” With their advance, the SPD pity the social cohesion and economic performance Germany, Fischer said the “Augsburger Allgemeine”.
The North Rhine-Westphalian Labor Minister Karl-Josef Laumann (CDU) called on the governing parties to a compromise. Necessary is a means test with a sense of proportion. “Only then will there be an agreement with the Union.” Laumann reiterated that, in his view, when considering who will receive an appreciation of small pensions, only current incomes should be taken into account. The accumulated property or the size of the apartment should not be checked.
The pension policy spokesman of the FDP parliamentary group, Johannes Vogel, described the SPD plans as “downright hair-raising.” But he sees the Union in the responsibility. “CDU and CSU are partly responsible for this pension policy, which has been at the expense of the younger generation for years.”
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