Unruly MPs to face €3,000 fines
Published: 4 Nov 10 07:51 CET | Print version
German lawmakers who play up in parliament face fines of up to €3,000 under a new regulation aimed at improving the decorum among the people’s representatives, a Thursday media report said.
The daily Saarbrücker Zeitung reported that the tough new penalties were primarily aimed at the socialist Left party, whose MPs have recently held protests in the Bundestag with banners, masks and T-shirts, particularly against the war in Afghanistan and the Stuttgart 21 development.
Parliamentarians from the ruling Christian Democrats (CDU) and Free Democrats (FDP), with the backing of the opposition Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens, have struck an agreement to penalise breaches of order in the Bundestag with fines ranging from €500 to €3,000.
“We will introduce fines,” the parliamentary whip for the conservative CDU, Bernhard Kaster, told the paper. The introduction of the new penalties would be carried out “as soon as possible.”
SPD whip Christian Lange said: “Unfortunately it’s about resocialising repeat offenders.”
The whip for the Left party, Dagmar Enkelmann, said only that his party was “yet to reach a position” on the fines.
The exact terms of the fines will be laid down in the next parliamentary session, the paper reported.
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