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Corona tests for employees: conversation with the Chancellery failed

It is not yet known when the meeting will be rescheduled

It is not yet known when the meeting will be rescheduled

Stefanie Loos / AFP POOL / dpa

In order for Germany to get out of the corona crisis as quickly as possible, two components are crucial: vaccination and testing. The problems with vaccination are well known, but the federal government’s new test strategy is apparently not getting off the ground either.

For example, a top-level discussion planned for Friday between Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) with representatives from business and trade unions on the planned quick test offer to employees in the companies was canceled for the time being. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert announced on Friday: “Further votes are necessary.” There are still “questions to be clarified”. The positions are apparently still too far apart. According to the Federation of German Industries, this primarily involves legal and logistical issues.

MPK wanted to make employers responsible for testing

As a reminder: At the Prime Minister’s Conference (MPK), the federal and state governments stipulated that companies should be obliged to offer their employees one corona test per week in the future. There was then criticism of the project from the business community. Business associations had put together a catalog of questions that was to be understood as a criticism of the project.

Apparently, the Chancellery and business associations did not see a sufficient basis for talks to allow an agreement to be in prospect. It is not yet known when the meeting will take place. Until then, the project is on hold.

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