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Source: CDU CSU

Madam President! Dear colleagues! Dear colleagues! The honorable State Secretary has rightly received the praise for igniting the digital turbo.

(Laughter from members of the CDU / CSU and the FDP)

However, we agree that the administration in Germany is still lagging behind in some areas. For example, in Estonia – it is repeatedly mentioned – 99 percent of administrative services can be used from home

(Shouting from the representative Marianne Schieder [SPD])

while there are citizens’ offices where you wait two months for an appointment, when actually a deadline of two weeks applies to the re-registration of the apartment.

It is high time to transform administrative tasks into digital. This must also be the aspiration of Germany as an economic nation with a correspondingly strong administration. Incidentally, this is not only due to the corona pandemic, but it is increasingly incomprehensible to the citizens that services at the various levels are not being carried over into the 21st century.

We want to change that. Not only the citizen needs support; Security, finance and tax authorities also rely on registration data. It is sometimes surprising how much data is still requested or transmitted in writing. It’s about better communication between authorities and putting an end to an outdated practice. We want a digital administration that saves time, money and, above all, nerves.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

A lot has happened since 2015. There are new challenges for the Registration Act: data records have to be standardized and recorded in an automated process, nationwide regulations are needed. Much data can already be called up automatically, but authorities, for example, which are not among those named in Section 34 (4) of the Federal Registration Act, have only limited data sets available.

In this respect, the solution is conclusive: changes to the Federal Registration Act, standardization of data records and enabling automated transmission and queries between federal and state authorities.

The aim is to make administration faster and more efficient. There are a few points in this House on which I believe there are blatant differences of opinion.

A good two weeks ago I was in North Rhine-Westphalia, my home state. While the red-green Senate in Hamburg is already backtracking significantly on the so-called transparency law, the Greens have also put this on the agenda in North Rhine-Westphalia. At the end of the day, it is all about, without being asked, commissioning every administration – including the municipal administration – to make all processes and information – regardless of whether things have ended or ongoing proceedings – available online. How a clerk in a small community office in a small community wants to do that remains a mystery to me.

I think we have to be careful not to overload our administration with constantly new tasks by 2030, even in view of the lack of more than 800,000 skilled workers. Administrative work can also be fun, and I believe that our proposed amendment to the Federal Registration Act is also a good proposal in this way.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

In connection with the Online Access Act, we are on the way to an online portal, and it should become common practice that registrations and deregistrations are possible without long waiting times.

If you are looking for examples of how it doesn’t work: Somehow, the city of Berlin is always right at the front. I have two energetic supporters, namely my interns up in the stands. Today you researched the longest waiting times for an appointment at the citizens’ office to re-register. You can find them here in Berlin. It’s even so bad that you can now buy appointments for money on portals. The dates are blocked by these portals and then sold, and ultimately in the city that always talks so beautifully about solidarity! We are making it faster and more available, making these portals superfluous. We are even fairer than the current state of affairs.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Conclusion. Data protection is on. Estonia has done it relatively pragmatically: with a large data container and without a large, broad debate on data protection law.

We have to be careful in parts – child pornography, petty crime – that data protection does not become a hurdle here, that we do not exaggerate it. We have to respect it, but shape it pragmatically. We want to do that with this law too.

We are on the right track here. I highly recommend this bill to you.

Many Thanks.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)


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