Traffic light coalition in Rhineland-Palatinate takes the last hurdles | Free press

Twelve days before the constituent meeting of the state parliament in Mainz, the SPD, the Greens and the FDP approved the coalition agreement. Climate protection, biotechnology and attractive city centers are central.

Mainz (AP) – The timetable for the second traffic light government in Rhineland-Palatinate by Prime Minister Malu Dreyer (SPD) is ready. Just eight weeks after the state elections, the SPD, Greens and FDP approved the coalition agreement to continue their government at separate party conventions.

At the SPD, the agreement was approved by 307 of the 319 delegates – 96.2 percent. At the digital party congress of the FDP there were more votes against, but the liberals also approved the contract with 131 of 158 delegates, or 82.9 percent. In the Greens, 165 of the 198 MEPs voted yes, meaning 83.3 percent agreed.

Climate neutrality by 2040 at the latest is one of the three priorities of the government plan. With the corona vaccine manufacturer Biontech, the state also wants to develop into the biotechnology location and modernize the city centers. Each of the three coalition partners tackles one of the priorities: the Greens on the climate, the SPD on biotechnology and the FDP on the cities. The three parties had negotiated the coalition agreement behind closed doors for more than five weeks.

The inaugural meeting of the new state parliament with the election of the prime minister is scheduled for May 18. On the same day, the four ministers are appointed to the state chancellery and then confirmed and sworn in by the state parliament. The three parties together have 55 of the 101 seats in the new state parliament.

A new Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Transformation and Digitization, the Ministry of Health gets science – both departments are taken over by the SPD. The Ministry of the Environment, led by the Greens, will also be responsible for climate protection and mobility in the future.

The SPD provides five ministers in the new traffic light government, the Greens and the FDP again two. The SPD retains eight secretaries of state, the FDP three. The reinforced Greens can appoint four instead of the previous two secretaries of state.

Dreyer has been the head of government in Rhineland-Palatinate since 2013. She has ruled since 2016 with a traffic light made up of the Greens and the FDP. In the state elections on March 14, the SPD was again the strongest party with 35.7 percent of the vote. The Greens managed to get 9.3 percent of the vote. The FDP, the second strongest partner in the first traffic light coalition, got 5.5 percent.

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