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The EU Whistleblower Directive has been in force since 16 December 2019, and was to be implemented in national law by 17 December 2021. On 27 July 2022, the German Federal Cabinet approved a government draft of the Whistleblower Protection Act, so that — with considerable delay — the further legislative process has been initiated.

On 8 July 2022, the German Health Ministry officially shared the second edition of a new bill referred to as the Act for Financial Stability of the Public Health Insurance (GKV-Finanzstabilisierungsgesetz). The bill is still subject to discussions with stakeholders and several rounds of congress hearings. If ultimately implemented, which is a likely scenario, pharma companies will face several painful cutbacks on the statutory reimbursement of prescription-only medicinal products.

On 23 June 2022, the Bundestag passed a bill to implement the Working Conditions Directive (EU) 2019/1152. This is intended to create transparency and predictability of working conditions and improve them overall. The law is expected to enter into force on 1 August 2022.
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The German Bundestag has passed a bill to implement the Working Conditions Directive (EU) 2019/1152, with the aim of creating more transparency and predictability of working conditions and to improve them overall. Previously, the bill had been heavily criticized by employers and associations, as well as legal literature – but without success. Now it is up to the German Bundesrat. If the Bundesrat does not have any objections, the new law will come into force as of 1 August 2022. Companies will then not have much time to implement the changes.

Through the EU Directive on Restructuring and Insolvency of 20 June 2019 (EUR 2019/1023, “Directive”), the European Union has imposed an obligation on its member states to offer a more attractive and flexible restructuring scheme in their respective local law. The initial deadline to do so had been 17 July 2021. Only a handful of countries (most notably Germany and The Netherlands) had implemented the Directive within the initial deadline, whilst the other countries made use of the possibility to ask for a one year extension.

The German Federal Ministry of the Environment has published a draft bill for a “Single-Use Plastic Fund Act”. The bill transposes the extended producer responsibility requirements as set out in Art. 8 para. 1 to 7 of the Single-use Plastic Directive into German law. In the future, manufacturers of single-use plastic products must cover the costs of waste collection, cleaning up litter resulting from those products and the subsequent transport and treatment of such litter.