“Definitely Berlin” was their campaign motto. Now Franziska Giffey (43, SPD) wants to clear away a long-standing controversial issue in red-red-green.
By Hildburg Bruns and Sara Orlos Fernandes
“I am glad that we were able to agree on temporary and event-related video surveillance,” said the future governing mayor after the first stage of consultation with the Greens and Leftists.
BZ names the most important projects of the future coalition partners:
► Voting age down
In future, young Berliners should be able to vote for the House of Representatives at the age of 16; the minimum age is currently 18.
► Minimum wage high
In the case of contracts awarded by the State of Berlin, the minimum wage will be 13 euros per hour instead of 12.50 euros in the future.
► Teachers became civil servants
Berlin is currently the only one of 16 federal states that does not officiate its teachers, which is why many trainee teachers are leaving. In order to prevent this, Berlin also wants to reintroduce civil servants. And: schools should become cleaner, as many parenting initiatives are calling for. Step by step, cleaning staff are to be recruited permanently into the public service.
► More citizens’ office appointments
The citizens’ offices should be equipped in such a way that an appointment can be made within 14 days. Berliners currently have to wait months for an appointment.
► More apartments
The next Senate wants to go higher! The famous eaves height (22 meters) is no longer the standard for new buildings. In order to develop additional building potential, it should also go to the outskirts – and speed up at junk stores such as Michaelangelostraße in Prenzlauer Berg (previously 1200 apartments only from 2029) or the development of Elisabeth-Aue, which was prevented five years ago (5000 apartments, Pankow).
There is simply not enough space for the 20,000 apartments required per year – but the outskirts of Tempelhofer Feld are excluded. Giffey emphasized that the principle of cooperation instead of confrontation should apply to investors and that the construction of medium-priced apartments should also be promoted
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► Postpone expropriations
Giffey was against the referendum on ‘expropriate Deutsche Wohnen & Co.’, the left and in favor. Now it says: “We are calling a commission of experts to examine the possibilities and prerequisites for implementation. She will submit a recommendation to the Senate after one year. The initiative is involved in the appointment, but the decision is made by the Senate. “
► New roads
The A100 motorway will be completed as far as Treptow, but the next stage (17th construction phase) will not be advanced for at least the next five years. The tangential connection east (7.2 km between Marzahn / Köpenick) will be built including cycle and rail routes.
► New subways
More staff is to plan the future expansion of the underground and trams and to do cost-benefit calculations.
Red-Red-Green formulated a total of 19 guidelines on how they want to change Berlin. How are things going now? The formal coalition talks are due to start on Wednesday by the end of November.
That’s what the Berliners say about red-red-green