MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs On November 19, 2020, the German Bundestag passed the law to improve transparency in old-age insurance and rehabilitation and to modernize social security elections. The law improves the framework conditions for the voluntary members of the self-governing bodies of the statutory health insurance funds and the Pension and accident insurance institutions by introducing an express right to leave to attend meetings and a new right to training. Access to the lists of proposals for the committees and elections is made easier. The new obligation to document the list preparation process ensures greater transparency for employers and insured persons. In order to increase the proportion of women in the representative assemblies and boards of the pension and accident insurance institutions, women are to be considered at least 40 percent when drawing up a list of suggestions. This quota already applies in the relevant bodies of the health insurance companies. In addition, the Federal Electoral Commissioner will in future provide information on the work of the self-governing bodies in order to better inform the public and increase voter participation. The law will modernize the social security elections and strengthen the self-administration of the social security agencies. Statement by the federal election officer for the social security elections: Rita Pawelski, the federal election officer for the social security elections, welcomes the modernization of the social security elections by the German Bundestag:
It was a long way, and finally we have reached our goal: the modernization of the social security elections has been decided by the Bundestag. We are happy about the reform and thank everyone who has supported us. This is a great success for us, also for us federal election officers. In 2018 we published a 10 point catalog with suggestions for the necessary further development of the social electoral law. Almost all demands can be found in the reform that has been decided. We expect that more primary elections will take place in the next social elections in 2023, that overall transparency will increase and that more women will join the self-government bodies.
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