MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: Bundestag – ALLIANCE OF THE GREEN FEDERAL PARTIES After the last federal election, all democratic parties seemed to be united in one thing: We have to ensure equal living conditions in our country. However, too little has happened in recent years. The topic should be on the top of the agenda, which is particularly important for East Germany. There are still problems there that exist everywhere in Germany, as if under a magnifying glass. On the one hand, uncertainty due to the upcoming major transformation, which in the East meets the experience of great upheaval, coupled with the loss of jobs and identity as well as massive emigration as part of the post-reunification reality. On the other hand, there are crumbling services of general interest. Services of general interest, as technical as they sound, are the basis for trust in the state. Services of general interest create good conditions for life, for a functioning everyday life, social cohesion: medical practices and hospitals that are well equipped and accessible; Sports offers for children and young people; municipal health authorities that are not completely overburdened and whose employees are fairly paid; a good connection to the local public transport and fast internet; As someone who lives in Brandenburg and travels a lot in the country, I know that if all of this disappears, trust in the state will also crumble. That is why services of general interest are a joint task for all of Germany. I would like to make the commitment to equal living conditions throughout Germany a leitmotif for the next federal government. To this end, I propose five central steps. Together with the federal and state governments, we want to introduce a new joint task of “regional services of general interest” in the Basic Law. The constitutional principle of equal living conditions must also become a reality for all people in our country. Solid financial resources for the municipalities were already overdue before Corona and are even more so now. The local people feel this immediately. Regions with major supply problems must be able to invest again – in climate protection, the traffic transition, cultural and youth facilities. This includes fair support from the federal government for old municipal debts and for corona-related tax losses in the municipalities. In selected funding regions, we want to expand our cooperation with the municipalities in a very targeted manner, in all federal states. New approaches are urgently needed in the so important area of health services of general interest. For the benefit of residents in less densely populated regions in particular, we want to put concepts such as the health regions on a solid footing and ensure that outpatient and inpatient offers are much more closely intertwined in the future. We want to finance hospitals no longer just according to the number of cases, but also according to their social mandate by introducing an additional pillar of structural financing. The federal and state governments should jointly bear the investment costs in the future. At the same time, we want to strengthen cooperation between the individual health professions and support the establishment of community health centers in which all health professions work together on an equal footing. Regardless of whether city or country: Fast Internet is the prerequisite for social participation and equal living conditions. That is why we will introduce a legal right to a sufficiently fast broadband and mobile network coverage. In addition, it is high time that blockages in accessing funding for the network expansion were dismantled – and then built quickly. Equal living conditions require reliable mobility for everyone, especially in structurally weaker regions. We want to reactivate, on a larger scale, disused connections to the rail network in rural areas and expand rail traffic. Together with the federal states, we want to start a future and expansion offensive in local public transport, increase investments in vehicles and the public transport network and expand the funds for the operation of regional trains.
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