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Possibility of Ratification by 2018: High

The ratification of international treaties is ultimately at the hands of the Bundespräsident, Joachim Gauch. While Germany’s Basic Law allows the Bundesregierung (executive branch) to engage in international treaties, those which could affect the political relations of the State require the involvement of the Bundestag (lower parliamentary branch) by means of legislation. Once presented to the Bundestag it is relayed to the Bundesrat (upper parliamentary branch) to be processed for ratification in two events. The first drafts the legislature and assigns it to respective parliamentary branches. The second is the voting procedure to determine – by majority – whether it is passed or not. Indeed, the Bundesregierung approved the Paris Agreement by signing it on April 22 nd 2016, but it is yet to be ratified and is struggling to do so in light of several hindrances. Ratification initiatives are in conflict between the EU and its member states, as no party wants to overstep the other’s legislative process. The Bloc is looking for a unified ratification procedure with its member states, which will only go as fast as the slowest state. The EU Parliament’s Environment Committee has indicated it will attempt to draft its position by August 2016, but ratification of member states, including Germany, is unlikely to come before 2017. As it stands no political party is in opposition of the Paris agreement and state-level parties lend similar opinions on the necessary ways forward. For example, a new coalition party in Baden-Württemberg (southern Germany) are advocating for the decarbonization of the power, heating and transport sectors by 2050, while a coalition in Rhineland-Palatinate (southwestern Germany) are emphasizing the utility of bioenergy and household solar panel investments.

Submitted by Climate Scorecard Country Manager Roland Selinger

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