Bavaria’s bureaucracy should be massively streamlined. “The Free State needs more freedom and more decisiveness and fewer individual administrative regulations. That’s why our goal is to delete at least ten percent of the administrative regulations by the middle of next year,” said Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) on Tuesday after the last cabinet meeting before the election.
In order to achieve the goal, Söder announced that the paragraph brake would be tightened. So far, the concept has applied: “A new law comes, an old one goes.” Now let’s go one step further. “We say: A new one is coming, two old ones have to go.” The number of core standards in Bavaria was reduced from 899 to 761 in the current electoral period. Söder also emphasized that in the future there should be a maximum period of validity of five years for new laws and, in particular, the burdens associated with them. “That means new laws will be on probation in the future. If they are superfluous, they will then expire,” said Söder. Bavaria must become leaner and more digital. There will also be a moratorium on fees in Bavaria for the next two years; the state should no longer earn anything from administrative requirements.
In the future, a modernization law should also remove content restrictions that prevent initiatives. This is necessary, for example, in building law, state planning and monument protection. “Declutter. Get rid of regulations that hinder the initiative,” emphasized Söder.
Volunteering also needs relief from bureaucratic requirements. Clubs should be exempt from official obligations if they have already successfully organized larger events. Requirements for noise protection should also be “made significantly more generous”.
In addition, Söder called on the federal government to critically question and dismantle regulations and laws. In this context, the collective action law, which allows, for example, non-governmental organizations to enforce consumer claims in court, should also be abolished. Representative actions grant clubs or associations legal standing to represent the rights of the general public. Environmental protection organizations take this route, for example, to stop controversial construction projects.