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Anniversary of the German constitution

Author(s):
Andrea Nahles, MP, Social Democratic Party
Published in:
Germany, German Bundestag (Deutscher Bundestag) (2019), Plenarprotokoll 19/101, 16 May 2019
Page numbers:
12149
Publication year:
2019
Publication month:
May
Publication day:
16
During the debate on the occasion of 70th anniversary of the German Basic Law Andrea Nahles, then leader of the Social Democratic Party, noted that the constitutional mission to realise a united Europe was partly accomplished by the Lisbon Treaty. She claimed that the Fundamental Rights Charter as European constitution is a major step towards a social Europe which has now to be filled with life, among others by introducing a European minimum wage to implement Art. 31 (1) of the Charter. Quote: “Mit dem EU-Vertrag von Lissabon im Jahr 2009 sind wir auf diesem Weg ein gutes Stück vorangekommen [bei der Verwirklichung eines vereinten Europa]. Vor allem haben wir mit der EU-Grundrechtecharta einen großen und auch rechtsverbindlichen Schritt hin zu einem sozialen Europa getan. Seitdem haben wir beides: eine deutsche Verfassung und ein europäisches Grundgesetz. Es ist jetzt an der Zeit, die Bestimmungen der EU-Grundrechtecharta auch mit Leben zu füllen.” Translated quote: “With the EU Treaty of Lisbon in 2009, we have made good progress along this path [to realise a united Europe]. Above all, we have taken a major and legally binding step towards a social Europe with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Since then, we have both a German constitution and a European basic law. It is now time to breathe life into the provisions of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.”