Berlin After the compromise between the traffic light coalition and the CDU/CSU, the mediation committee cleared the way for citizen income. Press agencies report this unanimously.
The agreement is expected to be passed in both houses this week. This means that the law could come into force on January 1 as planned. Citizens’ income is to take the place of the previous Hartz IV regulations. Before the start of the meeting, the committee chair, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD), was “very confident” that the social reform would be passed.
Time is short because the Federal Employment Agency has repeatedly emphasized that the reform can only be implemented at the turn of the year with a final decision in November.
In the past few weeks, the Union had opposed central points of the federal government’s project consisting of SPD, Greens and FDP. Countries with CDU or CSU government participation blocked the reform on November 14 in the Bundesrat. It is therefore now the turn of the Mediation Committee.
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