Why were people against Amendment 14

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Persons who - in addition to or instead of German - are citizens of one or more other member states of the European Union must be issued a European clearance certificate in accordance with Section 30b BZRG. In addition to the German certificate of good conduct, this contains the notification of entries in the criminal record of the home member state in the transmitted language, provided that the home member state provides for a transmission according to its law. If the requirements are met, a European certificate of good conduct is issued either as a private certificate of good conduct or as a certificate of good conduct for submission to an authority or as an extended certificate of good conduct, depending on the application.

If a European certificate of good conduct is requested, the Federal Office of Justice asks the home member state to provide information about the contents of the register there so that it can be included in the certificate of good conduct. A translation and a content check of the information provided will not be carried out. The underlying European rules allow the home Member State a period of twenty working days to submit the contribution.

The home Member State only replies to a request for disclosure of the contents of the register there in accordance with its national law. Certain EU member states have not (yet) implemented any corresponding legal regulations that would allow register information to be issued for a European clearance certificate.

This also applies to British nationals from January 1, 2021 due to the provisional application of the trade and cooperation agreement negotiated between the EU and Great Britain.