German president refuses to sign consumer law

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8 December 2006, Berlin (dpa) - German Federal President Horst Koehler on Friday announced he would not sign a consumer information law passed by parliament. Koehler declined to sign the law - which was approved after a series of food scandals - because it allows the federal government to impose obligations on local governments that he believes to be unconstitutional. In a statement, Koehler stressed he would sign a revised version of the law as soon as the offending passages were removed. The legislation

8 December 2006

Berlin (dpa) - German Federal President Horst Koehler on Friday announced he would not sign a consumer information law passed by parliament.

Koehler declined to sign the law - which was approved after a series of food scandals - because it allows the federal government to impose obligations on local governments that he believes to be unconstitutional.

In a statement, Koehler stressed he would sign a revised version of the law as soon as the offending passages were removed.

The legislation would require authorities to release more market relevant data held by the state pertaining to food and animal feeds.

This is the second time in seven weeks that Koehler has refused to sign a law passed by parliament.

In October he declined to sign a law allowing the partial privatization of Germany's air traffic control system.

Germany's federal presidency is a mainly ceremonial post where power is usually exerted through moral influence.

But Koehler, a former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has sought to take a higher profile as Germany's head of state by making more use of the limited powers available to him.

DPA

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