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Faeser announces law to protect critical infrastructure

Critical infrastructure in Germany will soon be better protected. Interior Minister Nancy Faeser wants to introduce a corresponding law.

Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser (SPD) will soon have a regulation for better protection of critical infrastructure in

This was announced by Germany. “We are working intensively on the Kritis umbrella law which we agreed in the coalition agreement,” said Faeser of the “Rheinische Post” in Düsseldorf (Thursday edition). “This will increase the requirements for critical infrastructure operators.” They should arm themselves fully against dangers such as natural disasters, terrorism, sabotage, but also human error.

“At the same time, we are establishing reporting obligations for security incidents and reporting obligations for infrastructure operators and EU Member States,” announced Faeser. By the end of this year, he will present his key points for this law to the federal cabinet. This will also strengthen security of supply in Germany and Europe, the SPD politician said.

In view of the most recent attacks on critical infrastructure, Faeser said: “We take the current risk situation very seriously and are increasing protection.” The security of your critical infrastructure has the highest priority. “The Federal Criminal Police Office is constantly adapting risk assessments to the current situation. Our security authorities act and take additional protective measures where necessary,” stressed the Interior Minister.

On Saturday, targeted sabotage of Deutsche Bahn’s cable network paralyzed rail services across much of northern Germany for about three hours. The Federal Prosecutor’s Office has now started investigations into the leaks in the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea. The proceeding was initiated on suspicion of deliberate explosion of explosives.

“At sea, the federal police show a significantly greater presence with all available forces and ships – anything that can swim is on the water,” Faeser said. The federal police have specialized skills to intervene in specific dangerous situations. For this purpose, modern police helicopters, new ships and the skills of their special forces are available.

“It is very important for me to continue strengthening the federal police for their duties,” Faeser continued. Therefore, the federal police will get an additional 1,000 jobs next year. “We are also purchasing up to 44 new transport helicopters for the Federal Police for 1.5 billion euros.” This is “one of the largest investments in the Federal Police ever”.

The Union in the Bundestag calls on the federal government to make greater efforts to protect critical infrastructure in Germany. “The traffic light and Mrs. (Interior Minister Nancy) Faeser make a lot of announcements, but their record in this sector has so far been extremely poor,” said deputy group leader Andrea Lindholz (CSU) of the “Rheinische Post” (Thursday). “The traffic light acts too slowly and with too much hesitation and therefore jeopardizes people’s trust in the ability to defend themselves for our democracy”.

According to Lindholz, Germany is being attacked by hybrid means. “We must repel these attacks with determination and unity. The protection of critical infrastructure must be top priority.” As for the equipment and personnel of the federal police, the federal government has “so far done too little”. With active cyber defense and modern powers for security authorities, “nothing works,” Lindholz criticized.

The Greens had called for a greater initiative by the Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) in order to make progress in protecting the structures of so-called critical infrastructures. “So far I have not had the impression that the Federal Ministry of the Interior has understood the explosiveness of the current threat situation and I expect concrete answers and concepts here”, said the president of the Greens in the Bundestag interior committee, Marcel Emmerich, German news agency. He had asked Faeser to “push the law out of the queue to better protect these important structures in order to do justice to the growing threatening situation.” Apparently, Faeser has now complied with this request.

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