Status: 11.01.2022 1:23 p.m.
U-turn in the Union: Contrary to statements from the CSU to the contrary, the Bundestag faction does not want to submit its own application for compulsory vaccination. The Parliamentary Secretary Frei made this clear.
The Union does not want to introduce a proposal to introduce compulsory vaccinations in the Bundestag: “There is no proposal from the Union parliamentary group on the subject of mandatory vaccination,” said the parliamentary leader of the Union parliamentary group, Thorsten Frei (CDU), before a virtual meeting of the members of the CDU and CSU.
He rejected the corresponding contrary statements of the CSU health politician Stephan Pilsinger. Pilsinger had told the newspapers of the Funke media group: “Our goal is to get our own Union proposal on the way. I am working on this with other health and legal politicians in our group.” Because the majority of Covid intensive care patients are older than 50 years, compulsory vaccination for all over 50-year-olds can effectively protect the health system and still keep the encroachment on freedom for society as low as possible.
“Picture could have been more closed”
At noon Pilsinger rowed back and declared: “As a member of the Bundestag, I will not participate in any intergroup or submit my own motion.” He expects the federal government “to present a legally certain, enforceable and controllable legislative proposal to introduce compulsory vaccination. The Union will then deal with it in the debate and evaluate it”. The Union faction will not take over the work of the government.
With a view to the statements of Pilsinger, Frei admitted that the image of the Union faction on the subject “could have been a little more closed”.
Free and open to compulsory vaccination
The Union is thus returning to its line. For days, top politicians from the CDU and CSU have been criticizing the federal government’s position in the Bundestag to vote freely and independently of parliamentary groups on the sensitive issue of mandatory vaccination. CSU leader Markus Söder and Union faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus (CDU) had called for the federal government to submit its own draft.
Frei made a similar statement: When Chancellor Olaf Scholz defines goals, “then you have to say how you want to achieve this goal”. He was basically open to compulsory vaccination, said Frei. The decisive factor, however, is how a high vaccination rate can be achieved. In addition, compulsory vaccination must be enforceable. “I would not be up for a regulation that is ultimately unenforceable.”
Union expects answers from the government
The Union asked the federal government essential questions on the subject before Christmas, but received no answers, criticized Frei. That is why the parliamentary group sent a small question to the federal government at the end of last week about how compulsory vaccination should be designed, what the exact objective is, how the obligation can be enforced and whether there is an end date. The federal government must now answer the request within two weeks. As long as such questions are not resolved, the Union Group cannot make a proposal.
Scholz had spoken out in favor of a general corona vaccination from the beginning of March at the latest. But this schedule can no longer be kept.