German government plans to reform constitution

6th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

6 March 2006, BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday her government had agreed a framework for the country's biggest constitutional reform since 1949 which is aimed at speeding up the country's often slow political decision-making.

6 March 2006

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday her government had agreed a framework for the country's biggest constitutional reform since 1949 which is aimed at speeding up the country's often slow political decision-making.

Under a planned "federalism reform" the number of national laws needing a green light from parliament's upper chamber will fall to between 35 and 40 per cent from the present 60 per cent of all federal legislation.

"It is vital for Germany to speed up decision-making," said Merkel.

The bill, which will change 23 of the federal constitution's 141 articles, is supposed to win final approval from both houses of parliament later this year.

Germany's 16 federal states, the Laender, will also get expanded responsibility to pass state legislation under the reform, said Merkel.

DPA

Subject: German news

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