MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Mister President! Ladies and gentlemen! Before everyone gets upset again, I have to get rid of one more thing. I have the impression that you have not understood what we are demanding of our task here in Parliament. If you relate the compulsory pension insurance for members of parliament to being close to the citizens, then you have not understood your task.
(Laughter from members of the LEFT)
We are privileged, without question. We have a high monthly income. We are well protected in old age. But the question of how we face the people, how we face the electorate in our constituencies every day, may and should not be related to this, ladies and gentlemen.
(Shouts from the LEFT)
I would like to explain to you again what our job is and why we are sitting here and how we appreciate it. A member of parliament is not an employed person in the traditional sense. What we’re doing here is no ordinary job.
(Exclamation from Abg. Matthias W. Birkwald [DIE LINKE])
It is a special task, it is a special responsibility towards our country, towards our state. And the decisions we make here have significant implications for the future and well-being in our country. We define the well-being of the people in Germany with our daily decisions
(Shouts from the LEFT)
and also the role of Germany in this world. And our supply and security today and tomorrow are not aimed at anything else. I think that is justified, ladies and gentlemen. And if you have not understood that, you are welcome to take another look at the law on representatives.
But there are other reasons, ladies and gentlemen, why we can enjoy a special position here. You all know: the high diets are due to prevent us from being corruptible.
(Matthias W. Birkwald [DIE LINKE]: Philipp Amthor! – Alexander Ulrich [DIE LINKE]: What is Philipp Amthor doing?)
We all know countries – even in Europe – where we have a high level of corruption in parliaments. I am proud that we live in a country and work in a parliament in which this is not the case, in which we are free in our mandate, in which we are free in our political choice.
(Shouts from the LEFT: Amthor!)
This is called a free mandate, dear colleagues.
(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)
We also exercise this special responsibility towards the people in our country and towards our home country.
(Shout from LEFT: embarrassing!)
But there is one more point, and that is very, very important; I may say that at this point. Of course, good care is also about creating a so-called risk compensation and not only creating political independence, but also economic independence. I don’t know what your biography looked like before. But many of us had a life before politics.
(Matthias W. Birkwald [DIE LINKE]: Honestly ?!)
They were employed, they were gainfully employed. Of course they give up when they move into the German Bundestag. And not all of us know what happens afterwards.
(Matthias W. Birkwald [DIE LINKE]: You still want to become General Secretary!)
Not everyone is a civil servant, not everyone is a lawyer and has a law firm. For many, the question “What happens next?” Is an open question. You leave professional paths. They are leaving their previous life. You are no longer a private person, you are a public figure. And their opinion is public, sometimes their private life is also public. And that is the reason why we are financially secure here in a special way – also when it comes to pension provision.
(Matthias W. Birkwald [DIE LINKE]: You did not understand the application! We are not applying to cut the diets!)
I want to make one more point.
Vice President Wolfgang Kubicki:
Madam, would you allow a question from Mr Ernst from the Left Group?
Jana Schimke (CDU / CSU):
No, not at the moment. Many thanks.
(Call from LEFT: That was clear!)
Just think of the local elections when it comes to setting up mayors for very interesting municipalities, I think, also with very interesting compensation, in other words very attractive political positions. You won’t find anyone for it anymore because many people say: No, for me this is a matter of weighing up; not worth it. I earn more money in my previous job. – Or what you often hear: No, I don’t want that. I would like to go to the bakery anonymously. I don’t want to be spoken to in the street from morning to night.
You have to be a philanthropist to do this job, without question.
(Shout from LEFT: You’re right! – More shouts from LEFT)
But not everyone in this country is ready for it. And that’s why we afford it. That’s why we have these privileges. And I think you should be able to stand by and be allowed to stand and really take it outside with self-confidence.
Of course, this does not release us from making good decisions here. And if we have a problem in the statutory pension insurance, then we should solve it ourselves in the pension insurance, maybe talk about the question of non-insurance benefits, etc. You can talk about many things there. But, Mr. Birkwald, to be completely honest: We won’t change anything in our pension system, in the provision of pensioners in our country, if all professional groups suddenly pay into it. This changes nothing. The system stays the same.
(Matthias W. Birkwald [DIE LINKE]: Take a look at other countries! – More calls from DIE LINKE)
And once again: Once again you are laying the ax to diversity in our country. Pension, insurance and old-age provision are organized in a very diverse way in Germany: through pension schemes, company pension schemes, private provision and, of course, statutory pension insurance. I want us to preserve this diversity and give people a choice in the future.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU)
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