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MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –

Source: CDU CSU

Mister President! Dear colleagues! Ladies and gentlemen! We started today with the debate on German unity. Tomorrow, October 3rd, we will celebrate 30 years of reunified Germany. If we look at what the social security systems and social policy have contributed to Germany growing together, we see that this was an unprecedented achievement of our systems. They show that our welfare state works.

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

The same now applies to the challenge that the corona crisis poses. It is internationally recognized: Germany is coping with this crisis better than other industrialized nations, and better because we have a functioning, efficient welfare state. A second time in 30 years the welfare state shows: Yes, it works. It protects the citizens. He helps where there is a need to help. – Germany is doing better than others in this pandemic. First and foremost, this is also an achievement of this welfare state and the solidarity of our citizens.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD and from Deputy Dr. Wolfgang Strengmann-Kuhn [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN])

If you followed the advice of the previous speaker, exactly the opposite would result, namely misery and impoverishment in Germany. This is your program!

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD as well as from members of the LEFT and Alliance 90 / DIE GRÜNEN – Laughter from members of the AfD – Matthias W. Birkwald [DIE LINKE]: That’s true!)

The Federal Employment Agency has to provide a very special service during these times. It is therefore right that we are strengthening the Employment Agency both this year and next year with a federal grant amounting to billions in order to maintain its ability to act. Ability to act means that, above all, after most of the employees are currently working on the subject of short-time working, they can turn back to career counseling and job placement. This is what young people need above all.

As of today, we have 10 percent fewer apprenticeship contracts in trade and 15 percent fewer in industry than last year. This shows that there is still a need for post-mediation. Above all, it must also be ensured that career advice and career support can be offered to the pupils who are about to graduate in the coming year. That is why we want the Federal Employment Agency to be able to act. Corona must not mean that young people are deprived of their future opportunities, but we want young people to be offered prospects in training and work. Just as we did in previous years, we want to do it in the future. That is why we want the support of the BA.

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

I would like to expressly welcome that the BA’s Board of Directors has decided to create 1,000 additional positions that can now be filled during the year. Yes, we are also intensifying the deployment of staff so that those who need help can really be helped by the BA.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Ladies and gentlemen, at the beginning of this crisis, the vast majority of scientists would not have predicted that we could already talk about a falling number of short-time workers – according to labor market experts, we are now below 4 million, after having reached a high of 6 .7 million short-time working – and that, for example, unemployment is falling again. I think these current figures show very impressively that what we in the Bundestag have initiated together with the Federal Government to get the economy going again, to stimulate the economy and to enable future investments to be effective. We are on the right track, and that’s why we want a federal budget that further encourages this right course.

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

Some are surprised at the high numbers that this largest single household, the household for work and social affairs, contains. This is of course also due to the fact that we relieve others. Above all, we relieve the municipalities significantly of social tasks. This budget stipulates that, as the federal government, we will in future bear 75 percent of the cost of accommodation for the long-term unemployed and thus relieve the municipalities, after we have already relieved the municipalities with the basic security in old age. I think we are showing very clearly that we are strengthening the local authorities that have local responsibility – and rightly so. That just means: The social budget has to grow so that this relief actually works. This path is also correct.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU as well as from members of the SPD – acclamation from Abg. Otto Fricke [FDP])

Ladies and gentlemen, in these times pension insurance is showing that it is more crisis-proof than ever.

(Otto Fricke [FDP]: Oh God! Ogottogott!)

We have decided on a whole series of measures – also in this legislative period – that strengthen the statutory pension and lead to additional benefits. And the pension insurance does this. We have also done this by making occupational pensions more attractive. We want – I hope that we can do it in this legislative period – to make private old-age provision more attractive and better.

(Acclamation from Abg. Matthias W. Birkwald [DIE LINKE])

I think it is right that we should strengthen all three pillars of old-age provision. We are on the right path. We want old-age poverty to have no future but to be a thing of the past. Therefore strengthening the statutory pension and the additional pension systems – that is our program.

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

So that all of this becomes even more transparent for our fellow citizens and can also be calculated, we are starting the project of cross-pillar digital pension information with a draft law that we will be discussing here soon. We are making funds available in this budget for this too. I think it is a good sign for the citizens that we are enabling them to see even more precisely and in a more differentiated manner: What am I really saving up for old age, and where is something still missing? I hope that we can bring this project, which we have been discussing for a long time, into effect this year by passing a resolution in the German Bundestag.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and Deputy Ralf Kapschack [SPD])

Of course, especially in these times of crisis, we have to make sure that we do not lose sight of our fellow citizens, who are having a particularly difficult time. For me, this includes the long-term unemployed. Yes, they have the hardest time. And we have created new instruments, for example in Section 16i SGB II. And now we see: yes, it actually works where we haven’t got to and where the biggest problems were. Around 77 percent of the participants are older than 45, around 32 percent over 55 years, and almost 50 percent have not completed any professional training. And now we are finally opening up a path to work for these people, who otherwise would never have a chance, from which they can live. This is also a great success, which we are supporting in this federal budget with additional funds for projects for the long-term unemployed.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD)

The same goes for people with disabilities. Especially in this time of crisis we have to be careful that they continue to find work. With the Federal Participation Act, we have created a new instrument for integrating disabled people into our society – but also to enable them to get into work. For example, we have reorganized the role, tasks and financing of inclusive businesses. I am pleased that the Federal Working Group for Integration Firms is holding information and action weeks on the subject of inclusion companies from November 9th to 20th of this year. I think it is right that we should advertise and continue to support this great instrument, through which people with disabilities get into the primary job market, much better. I consider inclusion companies to be an excellent instrument for opening up the primary labor market for people with disabilities. We want to continue and support this path.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Ladies and gentlemen, in this crisis it was also important to ensure that the social services and facilities that are necessary and are part of the basic equipment of our country do not fail. I think that with the SodEG, a law that we have extended until the end of the year, we have created a good instrument for this.

I would like to take this opportunity to speak to all those who work in the social services and institutions in our country, starting with care, through to child and youth welfare, assistance for the disabled, etc. – I do not want to list them all, otherwise speaking time will be up -, thank you very much for the great effort you have shown in this crisis.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD – delegate Corinna Rüffer [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN] answers an interim question)

For a Christian Democrat, but also to a certain extent for Social Democrats and others, Christian social teaching is the foundation of their actions. In my opinion, the two basic principles of solidarity and subsidiarity are clearly evident in this crisis. The personal responsibility that each individual assumes to overcome this crisis – it was rightly emphasized again by the Chancellor in her speech on Wednesday – and the solidarity of the welfare state, the state community, this society belong together. And with these two principles we will also shape the future successfully. Please support us. This federal budget for 2021 is an expression of this subsidiarity and solidarity.

Many Thanks.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD)

MIL OSI

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