After a tough struggle over the climate and energy strategy, the FDP and the center held the referendum together. Signatures will be collected until April 27th. Too bad that the Young Greens discovered an error in the referendum text.

Motorized private transport should not increase any further in the city of Lucerne.

Young Greens expose mistakes of the FDP and Center on climate strategy 

Marco Baumann (FDP) and Mirjam Fries (Die Mitte) founding the committee “Effective Climate Protection”.

Young Gr&uuml ;ne expose errors of the FDP and center on the climate strategy 

The climate and energy strategy presented by the Lucerne City Council aims to reduce motorized private transport by 15 percent by 2040 compared to 2010.

That's what it's all about

  • The young Greens of the city of Lucerne have discovered an error in the referendum text of the FDP and Mitte on the climate and energy strategy.

  • They sent this to the media in a detailed statement.

  • In concrete terms, the commoners use the wrong year in the text.

  • Mirjam Fries, city councilor and parliamentary group leader in the middle, says when asked: “It was unfortunate and we noticed the mistake about two weeks ago.”

  • After clarifications with the city office, there shouldn't be any problems from a legal point of view.

The climate and energy strategy presented by the Lucerne City Council kept the Lucerne City Council busy for two sessions. The aim of this strategy is to reduce motorized private transport by 15 percent by 2040 compared to 2010. At the tough end of the parliamentary discussion, the FDP and the center jointly held the referendum and founded the “Effective Climate Protection” committee and called it a fight against “unworkable demands”. The aim of the collection is 800 signatures, which must be collected by April 27th. If the referendum takes place, those entitled to vote will probably decide in September.

FDP and Mitte write the year 2020

It's just stupid that the Young Greens now became aware of an error in the referendum text and the media drew attention to it in a letter entitled “FDP and Mitte make a fool of themselves with climate strategy referendum”. Specifically, the point is that the FDP and Mitte want traffic to stop increasing compared to 2020. “2020, wasn't there something?” the Young Greens ask and continue to write: “Due to the corona pandemic, traffic in the city of Lucerne has decreased by 25.5% compared to 2019. With the 4.5% reduction already achieved between 2010-2019 and the -25.5% decrease in 2020, this would add up to a minus of 30%.” A motion by the Greens and Young Greens parliamentary group to reduce MIV by 30% by 2040 was rejected in parliament by the Mitte and FDP as completely unrealistic.

Central parliamentary group leader contradicts the Young Greens

FDP and Mitte would like to write this benchmark in the legally binding regulations. “As obvious as your mistake is, you probably haven't noticed it yet,” said the Young Greens. Mirjam Fries, city councilor and parliamentary group leader in the middle, contradicts this when asked: “We noticed the misleading statement in front of the Greens about two weeks ago and had this legally clarified by the city chancellery. They informed us that “this paragraph in the regulations should be interpreted according to the will of the applicant and the purpose associated with the application (and not according to the wording).” Accordingly, if the counter-proposal is accepted, the pre-pandemic figures will serve as a reference.

Traffic should not increase further than in 2019

The oversight therefore has no impact on the referendum and voting phase . Fries: “That's why the committee will stick to the timetable and collect the necessary signatures. We are amazed that the Young Greens published the topic just as we were investigating. In the eyes of Fries, the topic is now being “blown up” by the young Greens. Fries: “We stand by our mistake and it was also clear to us that we had to communicate this.” The aim of the committee is that traffic should not increase more than the number of trips made by private transport in 2019. 

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By Teresa Tapmleton

Teresa Tampleton has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Nizh TEkegram, Teresa Tampleton worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teresa@ntelegram.com 1-800-268-7341

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