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Source: CDU CSU

Dear Mr President! Dear Ladies and Gentlemen! Dear Minister Lambrecht! Dear colleagues! Dear colleagues! “Iudex non calculat” – it is not the sheer number of arguments for or against something that counts, but rather that one is able to weigh them up and make decisions on this basis. This budget is the best example of this.

The monetary aspect is therefore not the primary focus of the budget debate on Section 07 of the BMJV. We have traditionally – the previous speakers have already pointed this out – by far the smallest budget in the federal budget with a full 0.2 percent share of the federal budget and at the same time the highest coverage rate through income of at least 60 percent. This is mainly due to the income from the Patent and Trademark Office and the Federal Office of Justice.

Ladies and gentlemen, in the following I would like to address three sub-areas and projects that have not yet been sufficiently addressed.

In the last week of the session, parliamentary deliberations on the draft law on the reform of guardianship and care law began. There will be an expert hearing on this next week. It is good and important that we now address this law, which affects many millions of people very personally. The present draft law is a very large, ambitious one and at the same time one of the most important reform projects in the entire legislative period.

In terms of guardianship law, we have to focus on children and young people whose parents have been deprived of parental responsibility in whole or in part due to a risk to their child’s welfare. With this reform we want to lay a stable foundation for the positive development of these children.

Childcare law deals with the no less important question of what happens when a person cannot or can no longer handle a certain situation alone. The reasons for this can be multifaceted and complex and are usually associated with serious limitations: old age, an illness, a disability. We also have to ask ourselves: What is the situation of those affected, relatives, spouses, professional and volunteer carers?

The central aim of the reform of the care law is to strengthen the self-determination of the people concerned before and during the legal care – in accordance with Article 12 of the UN Disability Rights Convention. This is an essential signal for all concerned. I also deliberately mentioned it here because it will be one of the larger and very important projects for people.

Mr. Fechner, you explained what we have already achieved, who was causally responsible for what. I would like to say: Success has many fathers and, Ms. Rawert, certainly also many mothers.

(Applause from Mechthild Rawert [SPD] – Mechthild Rawert [SPD]: You too had a mother!)

– That’s how you get applause. Now clap smartly. – Ladies and gentlemen, honest considerations also mean that we still have a little something to do. We still have nine months ahead of us.

Minister, I would like to address an important project that is very important to us as tourism politicians. It is no coincidence that State Secretary Thomas Bareiß, the Federal Government’s Tourism Commissioner, is sitting next to you. Your colleague Sarah Ryglewski is sitting diagonally in front of you. I want to bring up an issue that is right between the two.

(Dr. Günter Krings, Parl. State Secretary: Do you mean me?)

– No, you are not addressed now, Mr Krings. – In spring, during the corona crisis, you, Ms. Ryglewski – not you personally, but the Federal Ministry of Finance – settled the claims that were not covered by Thomas Cook’s bankruptcy. The 110 million euros insolvency protection were by far not enough at Thomas Cook.

We are now responsible to the travel industry for ensuring that we are still nailing it with our heads during this period and that we can do something sensible in insolvency insurance for the future. We don’t know how the travel industry will be positioned in a few months due to the corona. Mrs. Ryglewski, you had to pay the money in the spring.

For Christmas, dear Minister, I would like you to sit down with State Secretary Bareiß after this debate and talk about how you can proceed with package travel law in future with regard to insolvency insurance. Because we are running out of time; we have nine months left. The general election is expected to take place at the end of September, as the Federal President said yesterday. In other words, we should gradually get the hang of it.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Ladies and gentlemen, the new regulation should not just refer to the increase in the limitation of liability mentioned in Section 651r (3) sentence 3 of the German Civil Code (BGB). Limiting the liability of customer money insurers to the amount of 110 million euros is far from sufficient. We don’t know what will happen in the industry in the future. We cannot adequately guarantee that the new sum would not be exceeded in the event of a future bankruptcy of a large tour operator.

An unrestricted solution based on the previously permitted security instruments insurance and surety in the event of the limitation of liability ceasing to exist would probably not be financially viable by tour operators. A sensible hybrid solution with a guarantee from the federal government for the transition period is required here; because in the next few years it will not be possible to pay in enough money from the tour operators via a fund solution. We will also strive for a combination with insurance solutions piece by piece. It takes a lot of brains and a lot of passion on the part of those involved to be able to do this during this period. I wish that. My only wish to you, Ms. Lambrecht, before Christmas is that we can still get this done.

Ladies and gentlemen, I would also like to address the federal states’ justice systems. We listed the pact for the rule of law in the coalition agreement with 2,000 additional posts for judges and public prosecutors and at least 220 million euros. Part of this has already been used up by legislative projects in recent months.

The law to combat right-wing extremism and hate crime will of course make the judicial authorities in the countries more work. The law to combat sexual violence against children will have to be implemented by the public prosecutors and the judges. We have to do a lot there. At the same time, we know that 40 percent of judges and prosecutors will retire by 2040.

Mr President, you are already signaling the end of my speaking time by lighting up. Now I’ve just overtaken a second.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a lot to do. The ministry has a very small budget but a lot of power. Let us use this power consciously and offensively in the coming months. Then, dear Mr. Fechner, we can say again: This grand coalition has many fathers and mothers who have contributed to its success.

Thank you very much.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)


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