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Source: CDU CSU

Mister President! My dear colleagues! Dear audience at the digital devices, and welcome you up there, who is the only one still watching!

(Alois Karl [CDU / CSU]: There are two more up there! – Another shout from the CDU / CSU: Almost closed due to overcrowding!)

– Oh, sorry, it’s four. This is not so easy to see against the light. In this respect I of course greet you all individually!

Down to business. While my colleague Tobias Zech has dealt with the other two parts of this bill, I will now turn to the subject of social elections. Fortunately, we have such a degree of agreement that one wonders why it actually took us so long to modernize. I only came to the German Bundestag during this legislative period and I am now rapporteur on this subject. It was presented to me as extremely contentious; thank God that didn’t sound like that today. I’m sure we’ll have good committee advice.

The most important part of the modernization of the social elections is already behind us, because we have allowed online elections with the health insurance companies. There is also good news to report: the law is ready, the ordinance is available, the amendments to the statutes have been implemented, the certification by the BSI is here. Now the health insurances can go to the tenders. That’s good news. Why actually?

First. There are 22 million eligible voters in the social elections for health insurance companies. That’s a lot. We as a society are finally learning to what extent online elections are secure, how we authenticate people and – this is particularly important – how we maintain the secrecy of the election so that no hacker can find out how someone voted and how tamper-proof the election is. We urgently need this experience. Actually, I would have liked to have achieved that for the last social election; but now we can at least achieve that for the next elections. In the current corona pandemic in particular, I would be glad we had a tried and tested system that we can now expand to other things. Now we are learning. You can then apply what you have learned to other things. If we then know how to do it in 2023, then hopefully we will never need it again for any pandemic.

There are a few other issues that others have touched on. What is important to the Union? We want women to be better represented; We have decided that several times.

(Alexander Ulrich [DIE LINKE]: Take a look at your parliamentary group!)

But first to you, Ms. Schielke-Ziesing. I don’t understand your attack. While there are mandatory quotas for women in Thuringia and Brandenburg, the draft law – wisely as a result of the legal problems – now contains a more stringent requirement. That this should not be legally possible after the judgment appears to me in your argument rather absurd.

(Ulrike Schielke-Ziesing [AfD]: We can clarify that!)

In any case, we will of course support that.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)

We considered wording it even more sharply, but are a bit cautious in view of the judgments.

(Norbert Kleinwächter [AfD]: The Union has come that far!)

It was also said of Mr. Kurth that we need selection; because we want primary elections. There are only 10 out of 143; these are not elections. Of course, this is also important with regard to online elections. That is why we think it is right that the BMAS proposal provides that the signature lists should be smaller and that the list connections should be made more difficult.

There is one more topic with which we are not completely happy and which I believe we need to address in the committee deliberations, that is the question of naming. For those who are not familiar with the topic: The lists that win the majority of the time are those with similar names to the insurance company behind them. That is a competitive advantage, and I think that if there is such a distortion that can no longer be denied statistically, then we have to somehow create equal opportunities for the various lists when giving names. I think we’ll have to work on that again. There is a provision for this in the law; but I don’t think it really leads us to our goal yet.

I look forward to the discussions in the committee; the Union will of course support them constructively.

Many thanks.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)


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