15,849,448,000 euros gets the Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Construction and Homeland (BMI) of Horst Seehofer (CSU) this year from SPD Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, so nearly 16 billion euros. And what all of this has to be paid: the federal police officials, the rent for office buildings, the cost of the European elections and and and.
Despite the billion budget, for one thing, the money apparently not enough: for celebrations. Therefore, the officials of the BMI for the current year have once again demanded € 30 million from government treasurer Scholz – and for the upcoming equal to another 31 million.
German unity should be celebrated big
As the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” (SZ) reports, the house of Horst Seehofer has simply forgotten that an anniversary is due in 2020: the 30th anniversary of reunification on 3 October. And as befits a round anniversary, the celebration should be bigger than usual. More than a celebration, “Germany Festival” and “Country Mile”.
One must organize the festivities completely differently than before, justified the officials their additional demands according to “SZ” in their letter to the Ministry of Finance. Otherwise, they could “exacerbate existing frustrations and tendencies towards social division” or even “interfere with political and social interests”. Among other things, the dialogue format (“serious” and “honest”) was planned, in which cohesion and living conditions in unified Germany could be discussed. (Why this is a good idea, read here in the star.) The additional money is needed because “comprehensive measures for the conception and implementation of the anniversary year” are required.
The “SZ” writes of “huge justification garlands”, which lead the ladies and gentlemen from the BMI to convince Finance Minister Scholz to loosen the money – and of course he does not want to stand there as a fun-spoiler. The 61 million euros have already been approved, the Anniversary Commission is to present the first plans for the big federal Sause in August, according to Interior Ministry.
Forgotten or planned?
The question remains, why the financial reference for the party was not priced right from the outset in the budget of the Ministry.
Well: “The realization of the need to use the 30th anniversary of German Unity (…) in a very special way only took a substantial shape after the deliberations of the federal budget in 2019 (…)”, the BMI explains loudly “SZ” the extra demand. And Marco Wanderwitz, Parliamentary State Secretary for Construction and Homeland in the BMI, says that the celebrations were “naturally” not forgotten. They were initially only “smaller” planned. In fact, the budgets for 2019 and 2020 also include several amounts planned for the celebration of the Day of German Unity.
But as it often happens with round birthdays: First they are repressed and then they come faster than expected. The party is then usually larger and more expensive than planned.
Swell: Federal Budget I, Federal Budget II, “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Marco Wanderwitz on Twitter