MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Dear Mr President! Dear Colleagues! Supporting families, protecting children and promoting commitment to our society – these are the three major goals that are above the family policy of this legislative period and that will be particularly important in the budget next year, in the last year of this legislative period.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU)
I want to say a few words on each of the points. I believe that this will also clarify a lot of what the previous speaker said.
We support families consistently and sustainably with a lot of measures. Minister, I was a little surprised that you did not mention the increase in child benefit; because the increase of 25 euros per month and child is the largest increase in child benefit in decades.
(Martin Reichardt [AfD]: I think the Minister left it out because it is so shameful, this increase!)
We have promised that, we will implement it in two steps in this legislative period. From January 1st next year, the second step will take place with an increase of 15 euros per child per month. We will keep what we promised. 25 euros per child and month – that is a significant increase in child benefit.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)
The core of our household – more than 50 percent of the household – has been parental allowance for years, i.e. the service that supports families in having time for family, especially in the child’s first years of life. The parental allowances are incredibly popular. We’ll make it even more attractive next year. We are increasing the benefits especially for parents who have had premature babies; there is a month longer parental allowance. We are also making sure that the parental allowance benefits become even more attractive in terms of the maximum number of working hours during receipt.
(Applause from Deputy Sönke Rix [SPD])
We have increased the children’s allowance – you can see that in the household – and in doing so, we are relieving the burden on families with low incomes in particular.
Vice President Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich:
Madam, would you allow me to ask a question?
Nadine Schön (CDU / CSU):
Grigorios Aggelidis (FDP):
Thank you, Mrs Schön, for allowing the question. – You have just celebrated the new regulation for premature babies, premature babies and parental allowance. I would like to ask you: Do you really think that a regulation that provides for four additional weeks of parental allowance for children who were born more than six weeks before the calculated due date is appropriate? If the children, the premature babies, come three months earlier, these four weeks will remain. If a child is born five weeks and five days earlier, the parents get nothing.
(Marianne Schieder [SPD]: This is how deadline regulations are!)
Do you really think this scheme is more appropriate than the one we have proposed? We say: Take the calculated due date, basically add twelve months to it, and that helps all families.
(Applause from members of the FDP)
Nadine Schön (CDU / CSU):
Dear colleague, the Parental Allowance Act is only just coming into parliament. We can talk about all these suggestions again in peace. This is the right place for the parental allowance consultations, not the budget consultations. Then we would be happy to deal with your suggestions.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and delegate Christoph Meyer [FDP] – Norbert Müller [Potsdam] [DIE LINKE]: That was very evasive!)
With the economic stimulus package – to come back to the family policy measures – we have ensured that we will have an additional 1 billion euros for the expansion of the daycare center over the next two years. In the next year, of course, the 2 billion for the good day care law will also be available. And here I say very clearly: The corona crisis has shown that we need smaller groups and more staff, especially in day-care centers. That is why I say very clearly for my group: If we want to extend the funds of the Good Day Care Act beyond 2022, then we expect a clear commitment from the countries that this money will flow into quality improvement – for more staff, for smaller groups . That’s what the parents need. And then we are ready to talk about an extension.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU as well as from members of the SPD – Martin Reichardt [AfD]: The staff is not available at all! Everyone knows that!)
The second point – protecting children – is one of the priorities of our group in this legislative period. We have launched numerous projects aimed specifically at protecting children and young people who have been affected by sexual abuse. The events of the last few weeks show once again how important this is. Just today another great success was achieved.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who are committed to prevention, to helping those affected and also to investigating these terrible acts. They all have to deal with terrible fates, with terrible images that they see. And to give help and support to those who have to suffer this or to ensure that it does not get that far is a very, very important task. That is why they deserve our respect and, above all, our support.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD and FDP)
That is why we ensure that there are specialist advice centers in rural areas. We make sure that the trauma clinics can work properly. We are tackling the subject of child-friendly justice with a model project. This is also a very important topic in this context. And we have brought the big topic “Peer2Peer” onto the agenda. Because sexual abuse is not just the big cases of lies etc .; sexual abuse begins on a small scale, in groups. Developing strategies on how to deal with it, how to show the stop sign when it comes to friends, is an important topic that is far from being adequately addressed. And we as a parliamentary group have launched a model project and will also take a close look here to ensure that it is processed even better in the future.
I want to mention a third point, namely “Strengthening democracy”, on which the previous speaker worked intensively. We see increasing radicalization; we see that anti-democrats are threatening our basic free democratic order. We ourselves – including our children and young people – experience hatred and agitation on the Internet every day. What helps against it? In contrast, it helps to make children and young people strong, to show them what a free-democratic basic order, a free-democratic society means, to teach them self-confidence, to provide them with a stable environment – be it in the family, among friends or in a club and to offer advice and help. All of this is also achieved through “Live Democracy!” Projects. There are many projects across the country, in the context of which very, very important work is done, with the young people. These are great projects.
Democracy education does not only take place in “Live Democracy!” Projects, democracy education also takes place when fairness is experienced in sport, when the fire brigade sees what it means to stand up for one another, when tolerance is lived in scout groups. These are also places where democracy education and experience of democracy take place. That is why I say: Democracy education does not only take place in “Live Democracy!” Projects. We must also ensure that the structures that work with young people every day are strengthened and supported. We can ensure that these structures receive even more support with additional budget funds. That is why we should really take a close look at whether we are adequately supporting and promoting these structures. Our promise for these budget consultations is that we will once again pay attention to this and see: Do we really have to increase the funds for “Democracy!” Projects so significantly again,
(Applause from MP Ulli Nissen [SPD])
Or would it not be better if we would once again significantly strengthen the good structures in the clubs, in the associations, in the youth organizations? Because there, too, important democracy education takes place.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU)
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