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Update from Berlin # 7 | Health Care Relief, Energy Efficiency, Competition Law


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The German Bundestag is in session this week. Curious about what’s relevant on the parliamentary agenda? Florian von Gierke has the answers:

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Hello and welcome to our Update from Berlin. It’s Monday, May 22nd and we’ve got a packed agenda, given the relatively slow previous week due to the holiday.

Health Care/ Pharmaceuticals

This week the Bundestag will take a first look at two laws concerning health care. For one a law that’s supposed to help relieve and support care workers is being pushed through parliament. It will have its first reading on Wednesday and is supposed to be voted on on Friday. 

Secondly a bill designed to address availability shortcomings for pharmaceuticals will have its first debate this week. 

Energy Efficiency/ Energy Price Break

After a couple of tumultuous weeks for the Green-led Economics and Energy Ministry – with the culmination for now being the firing of State Secretary – or Deputy Minister – Patrick Graichen for irregularities with grant approvals and hiring of people close to him – the Bundestag will now talk about legislation on efficiency targets for energy consumption. Furthermore, there are proposed changes to the energy price-break-law that are being debated.

Competition Law

Also at the behest of the government, the Bundestag will talk about changes to Germany’s competition law and the ability of Germany’s competition authorities to act. 

Recording Working Time

Also on the agenda is a debate, initiated by the CDU/CSU, on reducing the bureaucratic burden on employers when they document their employees working hours.

Committee Hearings

There’s also a number of committee hearings scheduled this week. This includes a hearing in the Labor and Social Affairs committee on the promotion of education and training, a hearing by the Construction committee on a funding programme for climate-friendly construction, as well as a meeting by the Digital-committee on the EU Gigabit Infrastructure Act as well as a number of EU-US issues – including on data transfers.

Federal Court Rulings

Lastly we’re expecting hearings and rulings by Germany’s federal courts. For example the case on whether Google needs to delist certain content should come to a close and a case on whether a city may implement a tax on single-use packaging will be heard by the BGH.

Not for a lack of potential content: That’s it for this week. As always: Should you have any questions or if we can be of any assistance to you here in Berlin, get in touch!

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