Due to a controversial grant award, the Union wants to increase the pressure on the Federal Ministry of Transport. The CDU/CSU parliamentary group wants to ask the ministry about forty questions on this subject, as evidenced by an investigation in the Bundestag.
He states that there is a justified accusation that a department head mixed up private and official business. The urgently needed clarification of these processes within the ministry, which involve huge amounts of tax money, has so far been a long time coming. The request was submitted to the German press agency on Thursday. First, the capital studio ARD talked about it.
The background is the search “Handelsblatt”. The newspaper had reported references to private contacts of a department head at the ministry for the allocation of funding in the millions from the “National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology”. According to the newspaper, the department head had expired patents on fuel cell technology.
The ministry wants to check internally
A spokesman for Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) said on Wednesday that an internal audit was underway. The allegations made are taken very seriously.
Among other things, the union wants to know when Wissing first learned of the allegations against the department head. Other questions include, for example, which departments of the ministry are responsible for clarifying the issue, whether the head of department directly or indirectly influenced the granting of grants, and when an association and an entrepreneur received funding commitments. It is also about the need for reform that the ministry perceives in view of the current incidents.
Union parliamentary group leader Ulrich Lange (CSU) spoke on Thursday about the allegations of a serious matter. “Minister Wissing must now quickly and completely clarify the relevant events surrounding his head of department if they do not want them to become his personal problem. Citizens must be able to rely on the fact that taxpayers’ money is not The private economic interests of a concerned official should not play a role in the allocation of funds.”
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