CDU and SPD politicians reject new corona aid for consumers

Queuing in front of supermarket, over dts
Queuing in front of supermarket, over dts
Politicians from the Union and the SPD have rejected calls by several green state consumer protection ministers for a "rescue package for consumers".

"The demands go completely past the reality," said the consumer policy spokesman for the Union parliamentary group, Jan-Marco Luczak (CDU), the "Handelsblatt" (Wednesday edition). "We are currently doing everything we can to return to normalcy and to get economic life up and running again."

To this end, the grand coalition had launched "the greatest power and future package in post-war history". "The aid measures that have already been decided are working, and we have made our social security systems more flexible so that they cushion economic hardship." The SPD right-wing politician Johannes Fechner spoke of a strange advance. "The fact that the green consumer protection ministers are making demands on the federal government, instead of initiating changes to the law in their state governments via the Bundesrat, is strange and suggests that the motivation for the letter to Minister Lambrecht is not so much consumer protection, but green party politics," said Fechner. In a letter to the Federal Minister for Justice and Consumer Protection, Christine Lambrecht (SPD), the state ministers justified their demand by stating that millions of consumers “are currently not adequately protected from the economic consequences of the pandemic”. In particular, restrictions are required for debt collection companies. Fechner pointed out that legislative procedures had long been running on debt collection law and debtor protection to protect consumers from being rip-offs. Another “great help” for over-indebted consumers is that the procedure for discharging residual debts will only take three years instead of the current six years.

“This helps insolvent debtors to get back on their feet financially faster.” With a view to improving consumer protection in debt collection law, Luczak also pointed out that a corresponding bill had already been debated in the Bundestag in the first reading.