MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
October 27, 2020
Brinkhaus for uniform rules in the corona pandemic
To combat the corona pandemic, Union parliamentary group leader Ralph Brinkhaus relies on clear and uniform rules in all federal states. In view of the rapidly increasing number of infections, Brinkhaus said it was “to fight now”.
In the run-up to the conference between Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Prime Ministers of the federal states on Wednesday, the chairman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group expressed the “clear expectation” that health protection comes first. It must also be ensured that the economic cycle is maintained. Schools and kindergartens should remain open.
Severely restrict contacts
In order to fight the pandemic successfully, contacts and movements would have to be restricted. “It’s an imposition for people, it’s tough,” said Brinkhaus. But it is better to act consistently now than to allow the virus to spread slowly.
Bundestag fulfills its role
Brinkhaus rejected criticism that the Bundestag had paid too little attention to the corona pandemic. “That irritates me,” he said, referring to over 70 debates that Parliament has had since the beginning of the pandemic, on bills, proposals and supplementary budgets. “In this respect, the Bundestag is actively playing its role and will continue to do so in the future.” The efficiency of federalism or the need for possible changes to the Basic Law will be assessed after the pandemic – in a well thought-out process. “The point now is that we act quickly.”
“A leap forward” in child protection
Brinkhaus also addressed a number of bills that are on the Bundestag agenda this week, including tax relief for families and people with disabilities. The deputy parliamentary group chairman Thorsten Frei emphasized the fight against child sexual abuse, which is a particular concern of the Union parliamentary group. The law increases the range of penalties and makes prosecution easier. In addition, criminal offenses in connection with child abuse will in future only be deleted from persons’ extended certificates of good conduct after 20 years and not after three years as before. Frei emphasized that the Union parliamentary group would have liked to keep the relevant entries permanently in the certificate. Nevertheless, the new regulation is “a huge leap forward”.
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