Mon, Jun. 13, 2005

Upper House to Meet June 15

CK - Washington.   The Upper House, Bundesrat, in Berlin will meet on June 15, 2005 to consider eight statutes that require its approval. The list is on its website.

Briefly, the statutes cover (1) the removal of home owner subsidies; (2) new rules for food and feed; (3) adoption of the EU directive on noise suppression; (4) revision of gene technology rules; (5) amendment of the statute against anti-competitive measures; (6) revision of rules covering the energy industry; (7) statute to enhance preventive health measures; and (8) statute to adopt the rules enunciated in the March 3, 2005 decision by the Federal Supreme Court on audio intelligence targeted at living spaces.

The last item is a counter-terrorist measure known as großer Lauschangriff that has experienced reactions similar to the Patriot Act in the United States.



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