Hamburg Senate: federal-state round on the corona situation is currently not necessary

The Hamburg Senate currently considers a Prime Minister’s conference in the fight against the corona pandemic to be unnecessary, despite the steep rise in incidences.

Hamburg – “The federal states have all the instruments in their hands to act,” said Senate spokesman Marcel Schweitzer on Tuesday in Hamburg after a meeting of the red-green state government under Mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD).

“We can act and that is what matters now.” This also applies to Union-led federal states, added Schweitzer. He called the debate about the need for a further conference of heads of government from the federal and state levels “surprising”. The most recent Prime Minister’s Conference was only about two weeks ago.

In particular, North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU) recently insisted on a new meeting of the heads of government of the federal and state governments at short notice. The meetings have long been the central decision-making body in the pandemic.

The parties of the potential traffic light coalition in the federal government, which are currently negotiating a government alliance under the leadership of a future Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), have so far reacted cautiously to the move. For example, FDP General Secretary Volker Wissing called a new federal-state round at the weekend “not useful”.


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