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Source: CDU CSU

Dear Mr President! Dear Colleagues! The leader of the FDP parliamentary group announced this proposal yesterday. After all, we received it yesterday evening and the application is two full pages long.

In your application, however, you only talk about the hospitality industry. I ask myself: Why don’t you mention the hotels, the organizers, the showmen in your application and certainly not about our cultural sector?

(Dr. Marcel Klinge [FDP]: They belong to the hospitality industry!)

It was probably due to the speed.

The fact is: the pandemic still has a firm grip on our world; this is shown by the rapidly increasing number of infections. Our Chancellor and the Prime Ministers made their decision anything but easy. You have acted cautiously and proposed a common way to protect our people, knowing full well that it is a tough road, and one that is demanding of our citizens and our economy. You co-govern in Rhineland-Palatinate, and – we have already heard – your Minister for Economic Affairs there and current Secretary General has agreed to that. Perhaps you should ask him beforehand if you make such requests here.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Ladies and gentlemen, my constituency is the Harz, a very popular holiday region. Here, too, the partial lockdown hit the tourism industry and cultural and leisure facilities to the core. The traders, bakers, craftsmen and other businesses also suffer because the tourists are absent. When I look at what the industry has achieved over the past weeks and months, I sincerely take off my hat.

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

Comprehensive hygiene concepts were developed, creative ideas implemented and new paths broken – a real effort that deserves the highest recognition and a big thank you.

As the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, we want to do everything we can to ensure that the hotels and restaurants can reopen and that we can enjoy culture again in the run-up to Christmas. We don’t leave the tourism and culture industry, the self-employed, clubs and institutions alone. As the CDU / CSU, we are doing everything we can to cushion the economic hardship.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

The federal government provides those affected with extraordinary economic aid amounting to 10 billion euros, as quickly as possible and unbureaucratically. Our Minister of Economic Affairs, Peter Altmaier, campaigned for this, and we tourism politicians thank him for it.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Last week, Mr. Lindner described the aid as “expensive”. We find: The people in the gastronomy, in the accommodation sector, in the event industry, in the cultural sector carry a great burden for us. They all deserve our solidarity and thus also the financial means.

Dear FDP colleagues, in contrast to the opposition, the government cannot duck when things get serious. We have a responsibility, and our federal government has taken on this responsibility. We as the CDU / CSU parliamentary group will not let up in the future either and will do everything we can to help the industry. For you as the FDP it would be better if you remained true to your motto and would rather not write a proposal at all than a bad proposal.

Many thanks.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU – Paul Lehrieder [CDU / CSU]: It was good! It could have been from me too!)


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