New law of Scheuer: the government intends to accelerate construction projects

The construction and Expansion of roads and rails, but also by wind turbines and mobile phone masts should in the future take less long than in the past. The Ca

New law of Scheuer: the government intends to accelerate construction projects

The construction and Expansion of roads and rails, but also by wind turbines and mobile phone masts should in the future take less long than in the past. The Cabinet decided on Wednesday in Berlin, the investment acceleration law of the Federal Minister of transport, Andreas Scheuer (CSU).

Kerstin Schwenn

business correspondent in Berlin.

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The law is also intended to contribute to the Milliardenaus drain the Corona-stimulus package in fact, and quickly. For certain projects – such as electrification, digitization, Noise abatement or the creation of barrier-rail-free railway stations should in future be no plan approval procedure more necessary, environmental assessments will be facilitated.

in Order to gain time, is provided in a shortening of the legal process, for example, for wind power plants, roads and ports. Here, the administrative court of the first instance, but the higher administrative court. For nationally important infrastructure projects –from the Federal transport infrastructure plan or demMobilfunkausbau –is legally arranged an immediate enforcement.

economy Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) said the law was "an important signal for the Future for Germany as an investment location" and a "good Signal for the energy transition". Scheuer said: "We take everything in the view, where it is stuck in the past."

criticism from regulatory control Council

In the self-congratulation of the government, all the observer does not vote. The National regulatory control Council (NKR) criticised that the draft law contains no information, what are the time reductions are expected due to the measures in the Individual and in total. "It is clear from the draft law and the accompanying explanatory notes not to be expected the extent to which the proposed measures, in fact, a significant shortening and acceleration effect," said the Chairman of the Standard narcotics control Board, Johannes Ludewig, on Wednesday. "Therefore, it remains open whether and how the requirements of the coalition Committee is reached."

an analysis of existing planning and approval times, as well as the realistic assessment of the effects of the additional measures were Required. "This is so –how the coalition in the decision of 8. March highlights of significant importance, because of the implementation and effectiveness of the entire investment part of the Corona-billion-depend on the program whether or not the relevant planning and approval processes for a rapid achievement of actually allow,“ emphasizes the regulatory control Council.

FEDERAL sees activism

The Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz (BUND) criticises the policy, meanwhile, is activism. For almost 30 years, the participation rights of environmental associations and the legal protection in the case of infrastructure projects would be restricted, without ever the actual causes of the long planning and approval procedures examined, criticize the environmentalists, in their comments to the draft law.

Updated Date: 12 August 2020, 18:19

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