Legal enforcement for traffic law in German cities
Daniel Schlegel Umweltstiftung is supporting Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V. in their purpose to foreclose already decided and valid verdicts.
Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V. is fighting for the turn of traffic law in German cities. Corresponding court decisions already have been made and are legally binding. German state and provinces are now partially refusing to implement measures according to those decisions. Affected provincial governments are Bavaria, Berlin, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden-Wuerttemberg.
Also the Federal Minister of Transport announced in public that he was determined to ignore the verdicts. All these circumstances force the Deutsche Umwelthilfe to take further legal action and litigate at second and third instance.
The decision against the Bavarian state government and Markus Söder was made 5 years ago. Nevertheless nothing is happening in order to protect people in Munich from exhaust values that are too high. Giant automobile groups like BMW and Audi put lots of pressure on the local politicians and thereby avoid actual implementations in traffic law that would lead to more eco-friendliness but to the disadvantage of the car companies.
In the meantime, Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V. has taken the case to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The latter is now to clarify whether the responsible officials can be forced to comply with the law by means of compulsory detention. A serious violation of EU law by the Bavarian state government has already been established by the authorities in Luxembourg. Currently, Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V. is in the process of initiating a total of 39 lawsuits in the last instance. The financial expenditure for the legal steps is enormous. That is why the Daniel Schlegel Umweltstiftunf is contributing 10,000 euros to help achieve the goals.