Germany’s Economy Minister Robert Habeck has expressed concern that the transfer of funds back from the Climate Transformation fund following a top court ruling has caused a chain reaction. The now-cancelled 60-billion-euro in funds leveraged far more capital than previously anticipated, according to Habeck. He emphasized the significance of these funds, stating that they are not an add-on that can be carelessly discarded.
Habeck made these remarks at a news conference in Jena, where he also mentioned that the government was now urgently preparing and discussing how to set up its budget in light of the court ruling and the missing funds. Transport Minister Volker Wissing also commented on the ruling, emphasizing the need to re-evaluate and check budget prioritization in light of its consequences on government funds. Wissing stated that this reassessment must take place immediately, and he could not anticipate the exact result at this time.