MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Next week Parliament will be debating numerous laws
Tax relief for families, support for the pharmacy around the corner, better protection for our children, coming to terms with the GDR injustice – there will be a lot going on in the plenum in the coming week. Here’s a quick preview.
More money in your wallet
In the coming week, the Bundestag will decide on tax relief, from which families and people with disabilities will particularly benefit. From January 2021 there will be 15 euros more child benefit per child – the child allowance will be adjusted accordingly. At the same time, the basic tax-free allowance will also be increased and the income tax rate will be adjusted to inflation in such a way that the effects of the cold progression cannot even occur. A particular concern of the Union parliamentary group is the increase of the disability allowance – this is to be doubled. In addition, a disability-related lump sum for travel expenses will be introduced and the burden of proof will be simplified.
Support for pharmacies
Warning, price dumping! The pharmacy around the corner is struggling with competition from the Internet. Pharmacies are an important factor, especially in rural areas, in order to improve the quality of life and to guarantee comprehensive advice to the population. The on-site pharmacy law, which the Bundestag will pass in the coming week, will make an important contribution to supporting these businesses. The draft law stipulates the same prices for domestic pharmacies and foreign mail order companies and ensures that EU mail order pharmacies do not grant patients any benefits in connection with the dispensing of prescription drugs.
Better protection for our children
The spectacular cases in Lügde, Bergisch Gladbach and Staufen have shaken Germany in the past few months: sexual abuse of children is one of the most disgusting crimes that one can imagine. Many victims remain traumatized their entire lives. The “Law to Combat Sexualized Violence Against Children”, which will be discussed in the plenary next week, will increase the scope of punishment and facilitate prosecution. In addition, the Union has enforced that certain convictions for criminal offenses relevant to child protection can only be deleted from the extended certificate of good conduct after 20 years. This prevents offenders with a pedophile from being allowed to work as youth coaches.
Build faster and more efficiently
The “Investment Acceleration Act”, which is to be passed in parliament next week, is an important building block for the future viability of Germany as a business location. Because the law makes it easier, more efficient and faster to plan and build rail transport. The electrification of certain existing routes is made considerably easier by eliminating the need for a new planning process. Finally, smaller renovation measures for better accessibility, more noise protection and the digitization of security technology are implemented faster without bureaucratic delays.
Coming to terms with GDR injustice
More than three decades have passed since the peaceful revolution in the GDR – but the processing of the Stasi documents is continuing at full speed, because injustice must not be forgotten. In the next week, the Bundestag will discuss the Stasi Records Act. It provides for the Stasi files to be transferred to the Federal Archives, where they will be accessible under the same conditions. In addition, the new office of an SED victim commissioner will be created in the German Bundestag – the CDU / CSU parliamentary group had campaigned for this.
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