Now the federal government is suing toll companies

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The Ministry of Transport and the companies operating the failed car toll have not been able to agree on a regulation of mutual claims. Now the federal government is suing the companies – the case is going to court.

The dispute over compensation for the failed car toll must be brought to an arbitration tribunal. The upstream dispute settlement procedure had failed, said a spokeswoman for the Federal Ministry of Transport. The federal government, for its part, has now submitted an arbitration claim against the companies involved in the planned toll. The newspapers of the Funke media group had previously reported on this development.

The ticket marketer Eventim and the Austrian toll controller Kapsch are demanding more than 560 million euros in damages from Germany for lost profits. The Ministry of Transport denies the claims and, in turn, accuses the company of breaches of contract, which now also result in a lawsuit and demands, as the spokeswoman said. She did not want to give any information about the amount.

A maximum of 25 guests: the federal government suggests an upper limit for private celebrations

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The federal government apparently wants to enforce stricter rules for private celebrations with the states at the Corona summit. Accordingly, only 25 people should be allowed to meet. 50 guests should be allowed in public rooms.

In view of the continued high number of coronavirus infections, the federal government proposes a restriction to a maximum of 25 participants for celebrations in private rooms. In public spaces, the limit should be a maximum of 50 participants.

This emerges from a draft for the federal government’s proposal for today’s deliberations between Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Prime Ministers of the federal states. The letter is available to the dpa news agency. First, the "Bild" newspaper reported on the numbers.