NAccording to the Bundestag administration, ikolas Löbel did not violate the law of representatives in the mask affair and is allowed to keep his commission. The ex-member of the Bundestag and former CDU politician from Mannheim passed an examination procedure by the Bundestag administration without any problems. First the newspaper Mannheimer Morgen reported about it. The administration confirmed the conclusion of the procedure on Wednesday and referred to paragraph 44a in the law on deputies, which regulates contributions to parliamentarians.
This passage of law regards the acceptance of money or monetary benefits as inadmissible, which are only granted in order to induce the MPs to represent the interests of the donors in the Bundestag. It is also inadmissible to accept money or gifts of value in kind to members of parliament that are given without reasonable consideration. Löbel was not accused of such violations, declared the Bundestag administration.
The mask affair involved commissions of around 250,000 euros for Löbel’s company. She is said to have collected the money because she brokered purchase contracts for corona protective masks between a Baden-Württemberg supplier and two private companies in Heidelberg and Mannheim. Politicians and citizens had asked Löbel to return or donate the money.
Löbel resigned from the CDU and the Union parliamentary group after severe criticism. The deputy chairman of the parliamentary group, Georg Nüßlein, had also received a high commission for doing business through his consulting company. Nüßlein has also left the parliamentary group, but wants to remain in the Bundestag until the end of the legislative period.