FDP rejects compulsory insurance for natural hazards
Berlin The FDP in the Bundestag rejects the state demands for the introduction of compulsory insurance for natural hazards. The corresponding initiative by the Federal Council is completely inappropriate in the current economic situation, said the legal policy spokeswoman for the FDP-Bundestag faction, Katrin Helling-Plahr, the newspapers of the Funke media group (Saturday). “This compulsory insurance would significantly increase the cost of housing,” warned Helling-Plahr. She added: “Right now it is illegal to artificially raise costs for citizens and thus make their lives more expensive in the long term.”
In view of the increase in extreme storms, the Chamber of States had at the federal government used for the introduction of compulsory insurance for natural hazards. All Prime Ministers agree on this, said North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU) on Friday. He remembered them Flood disaster on the Ahr 2021 with many deaths and immense damage to property. Wüst pointed out that nationwide only half of all private building owners have natural hazard insurance.
Helling-Plahr pointed out that insurance premiums are linked to the rapidly rising construction cost index. It is naïve to believe that these premiums would not be passed on to the tenants. People were already suffering from inflation and rising rents, especially in metropolitan areas. The North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Wüst “seems to have no sense for this,” said the FDP politician.
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