BERLIN (dpa-AFX) - The federal states have increased the pressure in the dispute over the introduction of compulsory natural hazard insurance for buildings. On Friday, the Bundesrat passed a resolution in which it refers to the recent extreme weather events and major damage caused by flooding.

In its motion, the Federal Council once again emphasizes the urgent need to "introduce nationwide natural hazard insurance as quickly as possible". The aim must be to create effective financial protection for those affected against the massive material damage and at the same time relieve the burden on taxpayers, who have to pay for the support of uninsured homeowners.

Prices currently "astronomically high" for high risk

The prices for natural hazard insurance are currently "astronomically high", especially for homeowners with a particularly high risk, said Anke Rehlinger (SPD), Minister President of the Saarland. The introduction of compulsory insurance would enable a premium structure that would ensure that everyone could ultimately afford such insurance.

Across Germany, only around one in two homes is financially insured against flooding, damage caused by heavy rain, landslides or snow pressure - even though the risks are increasing due to climate change. More than a year ago, the federal states called on the federal government to submit a proposal for federal legislation to introduce compulsory insurance.

FDP politicians in particular have expressed skepticism. Among other things, they pointed to the high costs for households and instead spoke out in favor of better protective measures against damage caused by extreme weather events. The Hessian Minister for Federal and European Affairs, Manfred Pentz (CDU), also said: "We need to look at the risks involved in construction projects in advance."/abc/DP/mis