MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Mister President! Dear Federal Minister! Dear Colleagues! The legal policy of the last six months was primarily shaped by overcoming the various challenges of the corona crisis. In order to cope with the acute crisis, it was necessary, among other things, to suspend relevant deadlines and even intervene in the freedom of contract. We did all of this to maintain established structures and to prevent social upheaval.
I would like to expressly thank the Federal Minister of Justice and the employees of her house for the fact that we were promptly provided with useful formulation and decision proposals in crisis mode. As a result, I think we have done a lot right in legal policy in recent months.
(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)
In today’s budget debate, however, it is important to look ahead. The draft budget for 2021 submitted by the federal government provides for an expenditure volume of 952 million euros for section 07. After all, the draft contains an increase of 3.5 percent. In the area of the BMJV alone, there should be an increase in expenditure of 10 percent. It is also noticeable that in the area of consumer protection only an expenditure volume of 41 million euros is planned; The subsidy for the Stiftung Warentest is to be cut by 10 percent and the subsidy for the consumer center at the federal level by 2.5 percent. In my opinion, these cuts, but also the increases in expenditure at the BMJV, should be critically scrutinized again in further budget discussions.
From the area of my reporting, I would like to briefly address two projects in which I would now like the BMJV to act quickly.
First of all, I would like to point out the long overdue amendment to the Law on Judicial Costs and Lawyers’ Remuneration Act. This law should and must come into force on January 1, 2021. It is completely clear to me that there have been lengthy and difficult negotiations with the Federal Council and the federal states; as is well known, they are now complete.
Independent lawyers are an essential cornerstone of our administration of justice. They are elementary for our constitutional state. Easy access to justice is a necessary prerequisite for effective legal protection for all citizens. This also includes a sufficient number of lawyers, not only in large urban agglomerations, but also and especially in large areas, i.e. in rural regions. The individual lawyer as well as the lawyers in small and medium-sized law firms thus fulfill important tasks in accessing the law. There, however, appropriate remuneration agreements, especially with parties in kind, are not always enforceable. Adequate statutory remuneration rates are all the more important here. The costs of the law firm have increased by around 20 percent since the last fee adjustment in 2013, particularly in terms of personnel and rental costs. These cost increases are only partially offset by the planned linear increase in fees by 10 percent and by minor structural improvements. My request to the Federal Government is therefore: Don’t leave the German legal profession out in the rain! It is absolutely relevant to the system for the functioning of our constitutional state.
(Applause from MPs of the CDU / CSU and MP Sonja Amalie Steffen [SPD])
Finally, I would like to remind you of the urgently required reform of foundation law. The current foundation law is characterized by the juxtaposition of state and federal law. In accordance with the proposals of the federal-state working group, a standardization of foundation law with final regulations in the BGB makes sense. This should also include a uniform register of foundations. More than 23,000 foundations under private law in Germany need a clearly structured set of rules that they can use with legal certainty. Millions of people in Germany volunteer and volunteer for the common good, many of them in charitable foundations. The federal legislature must support this commitment through modern foundation law.
Ladies and gentlemen, we must further develop the pact for the rule of law laid out in the coalition agreement. I would ask you to contribute to this with constructive proposals. With this in mind, I look forward to further budget discussions.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)
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