April 9th local time, German Federal Deputy Chancellor and Finance Minister Scholz announced in Berlin that the federal-state epidemic prevention summit originally scheduled for next Monday would be cancelled, while the federal government hopes to play a greater leadership role. Scholtz said: “We have reached a consensus with the federal state governments that everyone believes that it is necessary to reach a unified national epidemic prevention measure.”
Scholtz stressed that citizens need transparent, clear and clear epidemic prevention measures. At present, the epidemic prevention measures vary greatly from state to state, which brings uncertainty to epidemic prevention. Next week, the federal government will amend and review the Infectious Diseases Act to provide for unified epidemic prevention rules by clear decree, instead of holding biweekly federal-state epidemic prevention summits.
However, Scholz’s statement does not seem to have the support of all federal states. Thuringian Governor Ramelo expressed dissatisfaction with the cancellation of the summit: “This has damaged the public image of the federal conference. The decision shocked me.
Baden-Württemberg Governor Krechmann responded positively, saying: “A national unified framework rule with legal traceability and certainty is necessary and useful.”
Previously, the chairman of the CDU, the governor of North Rhine-Westphalia, Raschert, and the chairman of the CDU and the governor of Bavaria, Soder, have clearly expressed their support for the federal government to amend the Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Act to reach a unified national epidemic prevention measures.