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Third Civil Protection Act in the Bundestag – “Parliament is in the driver’s seat”

In dealing with the corona pandemic, Union parliamentary group leader Ralph Brinkhaus demands planning security for citizens. “We cannot live every two weeks,” said Brinkhaus, referring to the discussions between Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Prime Minister of the federal states on November 23. Then decisions should be made about continuing or relaxing the protective measures.

With the Third Civil Protection Act, the Bundestag is creating a further basis for imposing such measures this week. This includes contact restrictions, a ban on sports and cultural events and the closure of restaurants.

Encroachments on fundamental rights only to a limited extent

Brinkhaus was satisfied with the draft law that is now available, to which the parliamentary bodies made extensive changes last week. In doing so, the Bundestag had fulfilled its responsibility, he said: “It shows that Parliament is in the driver’s seat in dealing with the corona pandemic.”

Prepare vaccination strategy

The federal-state conference on Monday did not decide on any further tightening in its first balance sheet of the November measures, but also did not promise any easing of the contact restrictions for December. Brinkhaus therefore warned with a view to December and January: “We need decisions about how things will continue on the route. … People need planning security. ”The parliamentary group chairman also called on the federal and state governments to develop a vaccination strategy. It is to be expected that the first vaccine candidates will receive approval in the European Union in the foreseeable future.

Permanently secure Stasi documents

Of the topics that are pending in the Bundestag this week, Brinkhaus also addressed the Stasi Records Act. It creates the basis for the Stasi records to be transferred to the Federal Archives 30 years after reunification. There they are permanently secured and accessible to everyone.

“History never ends”

The deputy parliamentary group leader Gitta Connemann said: “History does not have a line.” We owe that to the victims of the SED regime. She also announced that the office of a victim ombudsman would be created, who would be based at the Bundestag. This would give the victims “an advocate at the federal level,” she emphasized.


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