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Source: CDU CSU

Mister President! Dear Colleagues! 18.3 billion euros, that is the record level for a budget of the Federal Ministry of the Interior. These 18.3 billion euros in the draft budget are money well invested, especially for the core area of ​​the Federal Ministry of the Interior, for security in our country. It is well known that we have been investing in this area for years, in staffing and equipment. Today I can say that for the third year in a row we have a falling crime rate in the Federal Republic of Germany,

(Laughter at the AfD)

that Germany is one of the safest countries on earth.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD)

We owe this to all the political measures taken in recent years. They will continue in 2021, if this budget is so adopted. But we also owe this security standard to a large extent to the outstanding work of our security authorities, who have the full confidence of the Federal Government and whom I thank for their excellent work.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU, the SPD and the FDP)

At the same time, of course, we also have challenges in terms of terrorism, extremism, anti-Semitism and racism. Here the line of the federal government is very clear and unambiguous. For us, I claim that no federal government has identified the challenge of right-wing extremism in such a way and named it like this in recent years

(Dr. André Hahn [DIE LINKE]: It took long enough!)

and that no federal government has yet adopted such a comprehensive package to combat right-wing extremism and against racism as this federal government.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)

The truth is that right-wing extremism is the greatest threat in our country, although we by no means lose sight of or underestimate Islamism – we have seen that in Paris – and left-wing extremism.

(Shouting from the delegate Dr. Alice Weidel [AfD])

In the fight against right-wing extremism, the line of the federal government is perfectly clear: We clarify, we don’t cover up anything, we pursue rigorously, and we adhere to the principle: zero tolerance for right-wing extremists, no matter at what level and in which professional group.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD as well as from members of the FDP)

I think that next week I will receive the long-announced report on the extremist situation in the Federal Republic of Germany from the President of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, and then we will certainly discuss it in depth here and in the committees.

The second example of a good taxpayer investment that I would like to quote is the construction industry. We have agreed on the largest housing construction program in the last 30 years with all parties involved: the federal government, the federal states, and housing companies. We have invested billions in this area for urban development, for social housing, for the tax depreciation of rental housing,

(Victor Perli [DIE LINKE]: But it doesn’t drain!)

for the Baukindergeld, for two amendments to the housing benefit, namely adjustments to the housing benefit for small incomes.

(Caren Lay [DIE LINKE]: Conversion ban!)

From my point of view, the greatest success is that we have made the housing benefit more dynamic. Every two years, the housing benefit is automatically adjusted to the increased cost of living.

(Applause from MP Martin Gerster [SPD])

That’s a nice development. This is the largest housing program – I’ll say it again – since our country was reunified.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)

The situation on the housing market also corresponds to this. Housing construction, the construction industry is currently the engine for our national economy. Half of all investments – that is 430 billion euros – are made in this area. We have considerable growth rates there, although there are major problems in many areas of the economy as a result of the pandemic.

The same applies to the building permits: Last year we had 360,000 new building permits;

(Dr. Marco Buschmann [FDP]: But never in Berlin!)

we have 740,000 building permits that have been issued but not yet implemented. If you add the two numbers together, you can see that already now, after two and a half years of this government, we are above the 1 million mark with the building permits. That is why I can say for the whole government: We are on schedule. In the four years of one legislative period, we will achieve our housing construction policy goal of 1.5 million affordable apartments. I think we can all be proud of that.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD)

A special lighthouse is the Baukindergeld, which was very controversial for a long time, but about which there is now a large consensus in society.

(Dr. Marco Buschmann [FDP]: The administrative costs are too high!)

I’m not talking about political parties at all. We have 260,000 applications for child benefit. This is a beneficiary group of over 1 million. I still remember the governments of Helmut Kohl, who at that time set the goal of giving families with children and low incomes the opportunity to buy property in our country.

(Deputy Caren Lay [DIE LINKE] answers an interim question – Dr. Gesine Lötzsch [DIE LINKE]: Mr. President!

We have now achieved that, ladies and gentlemen.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

President Dr. German politican:

Minister, would you allow me a question?

Horst Seehofer, Federal Minister of the Interior, for Building and Home Affairs:


(Dr. Gesine Lötzsch [DIE LINKE]: That was the question asked!)

A third large, sensible investment of taxpayers’ money is digitization. As the Federal Ministry of the Interior, we are responsible for digitizing public administration. We have now received another 3.3 billion euros. Many are active in this field; we do the work. I can tell you that we are working flat out to make public administration – federal, state, local – through digitization fit for the 21st century. The online access law is being implemented with the greatest dynamism and commitment. I think that we will have implemented the main federal tasks by the end of the year, perhaps including the first three months of next year. I can say: With the 3.3 billion euros made available to us in the economic stimulus program, the willingness of the federal states and municipalities to get on this express train has now increased significantly. As always, financial incentives make you sensual. That is why there is enormous dynamism here.

I am particularly pleased that the government has agreed on the introduction of a law to modernize the register and that it passed the relevant draft in the cabinet on Wednesday last week. That sounds very technical, but it is extremely important for the digitization of our country.

(Michael Grosse-Brömer [CDU / CSU]: That’s right!)

It is about being able to operate in communications between the authorities and the citizens and also between the authorities with one another with a unique identification number. Let me give you an example: If you apply for family benefits and need a birth certificate, you can digitally authorize the authority that grants the family benefit to request the birth certificate at the place of birth. Citizens no longer need to collect all of their own documents. We all know how difficult it can be when it comes to testimonials and the like.

This is only possible if we have an identification number in Germany that is unmistakable, and where changing or forgetting a letter does not lead to a mix-up of persons.

(Dr. Marco Buschmann [FDP]: Do you really have to celebrate this matter of course as a success?)

We use the tax identification number, which has been around for ten years for the very sensitive area of ​​tax administration – without any problem. We are now transferring this to the digitization of public administration. Here, too, thank you to those who worked out the draft budget, and especially thank you to the Ministry of Finance that we received billions to make this digitization perfect in Germany.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD – Dr. Marco Buschmann [FDP]: To speak of perfection when comparing Iceland is grotesque!)

A word about migration; that’s important to me. Take a look at the development of the last few years – I now always quote rounded figures -: 2015 480,000 asylum applications, 2016 750,000, 2017 222,000, 2018 185,000, 2019 165,000 and this year, 2020, including August, 74 000. The very fact that we have now created control and order there allows us again and again, here and there, to set a point of humanity, as we did to Lesbos, as we did with unaccompanied minors have and still do as well as with sick children. This is not mass immigration, as I heard yesterday, Ms. Weidel.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD as well as from members of the LEFT and Alliance 90 / DIE GRÜNEN – Dr. Alice Weidel [AfD]: Did I say “mass immigration”?)

You should be ashamed of the cold and heartless language you found yesterday.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD as well as from members of the FDP, the LEFT and the BÜNDNISSES 90 / DIE GRÜNEN – Carsten Schneider [Erfurt] [SPD]: That requires empathy! – Dr. Alice Weidel [AfD]: You should be ashamed!)

I want to come back to our philosophy: We want order, but also humanity.

(Dr. Alice Weidel [AfD]: Yes! Chaos! You cause chaos!)

Both are mutually dependent. You will not be able to guarantee humanity in the long run if you have no order in this area

(Michael Grosse-Brömer [CDU / CSU]: That’s right!)

and order is a requirement that you also have humanity.

I will try very hard to ensure that we in the European Union get what is urgently needed, namely the creation of a common European right to asylum. It’s hard enough. But, I think it is part of the responsibility in our German Council Presidency that we try to get as far as possible in the political understanding, with two points being most important to me, namely to help where the potential refugees live today – with that is also best served to the countries of origin – and to decide at the external border of the European Union who is allowed to enter Europe, because there is a need for protection. Two thirds of those who apply for asylum in Europe are not entitled to protection. We would achieve a lot if we were to identify them at the border and bring them back to their countries of origin.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the FDP – shouting from the AfD: Then finally do it!)

I am only saying that the budget shows a large sum for our sport so that no speaker can say afterwards that I have forgotten about sport. There are gigantic sums with which we are also helping in the pandemic. That is also right because sport simply creates society, community and solidarity. So this is money well spent too.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)

Many of the initiatives for sport come from Parliament and, of course, they are not hindered by the Federal Minister of the Interior, on the contrary.

I would like to say one more sentence because I look into the faces of our coalition partner’s colleagues: In my opinion, even after our conversation last night, we will become one as a coalition with regard to the building code – this is the remainder that we still have in building law get a good solution.

(Ulli Nissen [SPD]: I hope for very good things!)

One final comment on collective bargaining. Ladies and gentlemen, for many months now we have seen again that the public service in the Federal Republic of Germany is efficient. That was the case with the refugee crisis, that was the case with German unification. That is why we should talk seriously to public service representatives about collective bargaining; we plan to do that.

(Friedrich Straetmanns [DIE LINKE]: Then take care of it!)

We have the next round of wages at the end of October. We interposed a special group that prepared for the big collective bargaining round, namely for the public health service and care, i.e. for the entire health sector, nurses and doctors. Today I can say publicly: We cannot be satisfied with the fact that we have repeatedly spoken of heroes in our society over the past few months. This must also be reflected in these collective bargaining.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU, the SPD and the BÜNDNISSES 90 / DIE GRÜNEN – Britta Haßelmann [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: I agree with you!)

Therefore, in coordination with the municipalities, we will make a reasonable offer for these heroes so that they are not disappointed that words are not followed by deeds. Be curious!

(Britta Haßelmann [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: I’m curious! – Katrin Göring-Eckardt [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: Especially what the municipal employers say!)

That will be the case in a few days.

I thank.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)


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