MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Dear Mr President! Dear Colleagues! Today is a good day. Today we are passing the law on the digitization of administrative procedures for the granting of family benefits. Yes, one can criticize that this should have happened long ago. And yes, I’ll be honest: that was what we set out to do for the last term. But it is important to bring a good law to an end in such a way that it gets across. I’m happy about that, and we can all be proud and grateful for that.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and from Ulrike Bahr [SPD])
Because you don’t just have to criticize; you have to do it at the end of the day. I am particularly pleased that with this law we are relieving and strengthening young families in particular and that, following the Strong Family Law, we are now submitting another draft law so that young families can see: the state is by your side. The state supports you in having children, in bringing up children, in caring for them and relieves you of these administrative tasks as much as possible. Thanks a lot for this!
I also want to address the criticism mentioned here. Because if we ask ourselves: “Why are 525 administrative services still not digitized?”,
(Manuel Höferlin [FDP]: 575!)
Then we have to add: This is not because we in the Union Group do not want it, but because it concerns structural issues, things that are problematic in our country. There is of course the administrative federalism with the federal government, with the states, with the municipalities. We have different software. We have different responsibilities in the countries. Let’s just think about who is responsible for parental allowance everywhere, who pays out child allowance, how it works at the youth welfare offices. At 435 youth welfare offices in Germany alone, we have a wide variety of systems for advance maintenance payments, etc. etc .; I could give numerous examples.
That is why it is right and good that we uniformly define the identification of the citizens, that we use a functioning system – e-government works particularly well in tax proceedings; I have to say that very clearly – the tax ID for the identification of citizens in the online procedure, and also make this the basis for other administrative services. This is the right and good step towards more e-government in our country, dear colleagues.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU)
That’s why I don’t understand the opposition, who on the one hand say: “Yes, we are calling for more e-government; we demand more standardization, more standardized procedures “,
(Shouting from Abg. Manuel Höferlin [FDP])
but on the other hand says: “No, common registers, none of that works at all; that’s the devil’s stuff, ”and then we come to the 1983 judgment. At that time there was no internet for most of the citizens of this country. So you should be careful there.
I appeal to you: work with us here. Let us find solutions how we can record the citizens in common registers, in common databases of the various authorities, but also – and here I am with you from the Greens – how we the citizens always and constantly about administrative services Inform queries.
When I order something from Amazon,
(Shouting from the delegate Leni Breymaier [SPD])
Then I get an e-mail every hour about the status of my order. But when I have an application, sometimes nothing happens. Or if there are inquiries about my tax data, civil status data or the like from various authorities, then I want to be informed about them; this is my right.
But let’s not use this topic as an opportunity to fundamentally question the entire e-government problem and not to push ahead with the digitization of administrative services, but instead use it as an opportunity for transparency in data use by making it visible to the citizens how we use this data, but we also link the data available to the state at all levels. That is the basis for a functioning e-government in Germany: that the citizen really only spends the time with administration that is necessary. Therefore: let’s start today! Let’s pass the law! I ask for your approval.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)
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