Merkel and Altmaier put the brakes on the supply chain law

The Chancellor whistles back two ministers: Gerd Müller (CSU) and Hubertus Heil (SPD) actually wanted to introduce a new supply chain law on Tuesday. Nothing will come of it after all. Before that, there was apparently an embarrassing breakdown.

Gerd Müller (left, CSU) and Hubertus Heil (SPD) are now whistled back by the Chancellor.

WThe Ministry of Economics and the Federal Chancellery have stopped the plans of Development Minister Gerd Müller (CSU) and Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) for the first time. The two politicians had planned to present their bill on compliance with minimum standards in supply chains on Tuesday.

Müller and Heil want to ensure that German companies ensure that their foreign suppliers have adequate working conditions and wages. According to information in this newspaper, the inter-ministerial group of state secretaries has warned both houses to adhere to the agreed procedure. Then the ongoing survey among the companies must first be evaluated. The aim is to find out how carefully they pay attention to the observance of human rights in their subcontractors.

The federal government’s schedule provides for the results to be analyzed by the summer. As can be heard in Berlin, the Chancellery under Angela Merkel and the Ministry of Economic Affairs have been observing the approach of the ministerial duo with considerable skepticism for some time.

When asked, a spokesman for Altmaier referred to the “clear schedule” that the federal government had agreed on: Monitoring is carried out first, then a decision is made on this basis as to whether further measures such as statutory regulation are necessary. “Before we have the valid results from the second survey, we cannot already draw conclusions.”

A different approach would also be difficult to convey to companies. There had already been a first round of surveys, but the approach taken back then met with considerable criticism. Among other things, the questionnaire was emailed to info email addresses in the company, which is said to have led to some of the emails being classified as unsolicited advertising and not being processed.