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Berlin (dpa) – The Federal Council will elect its new President on Friday (9.30 a.m.). Thuringia’s Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) is to take over the office from the previous Federal Council President, Saxony-Anhalt’s Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU). Ramelow should be in office from November 1st, Haseloff should then be vice-president. The Federal Council Presidency rotates once a year between the Prime Ministers of the federal states.
In addition to the election of the president of the regional chamber, the standard rates in the Hartz IV system should also be decided. If the Federal Council agrees, the standard rates for single adults would rise by three euros to 449 euros per month. Children and young people would also receive a small increase.
The Federal Council also decides on the new catalog of fines. This provides for higher fines for traffic offenders such as speeders as well as for parking violations. Cyclists and pedestrians should be better protected. The approval of the regional chamber is considered certain.
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