MIL-OSI Translation: Reform of the petition system urgently needed

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Source: Die Linke “For years, the committee has not received as many petitions as in the 2000s,” explains Ina Latendorf, member of the Petitions Committee of the German Bundestag for the DIE LINKE parliamentary group, with a view to the report presented today on his work in the Bundestag Year 2021. She continues: “In 2021, the number of new entries has dropped to 11,600. In 2005 there were more than twice as many. At the same time, private petition platforms are booming. As committee members, we have to ask ourselves why that is.” Sören Pellmann, also a member of the Petitions Committee for DIE LINKE, adds: “Only in four percent of the petition procedures processed last year did the committee receive its approval through a referral to the federal government support has been expressed, the decisions of the committee are not binding on the executive, the meetings are not open to the public, the length of the procedure is far too long and there is still no hardship fund. DIE LINKE has submitted concrete proposals for change on all of these points. The last reform of the Bundestag’s petition system dates back to 2005. It is high time for a modernization of the petition system.”

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