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Motorway reform: Scheuer admits massive increase in consultant costs


According to Transport Minister Scheuer, the consultancy costs for the federal highway reform are three times as high as planned. According to SPIEGEL information, this benefits above all a company.

The Federal Ministry of Transport must cope with a massive cost increase in the next two years. According to SPIEGEL information, the consultancy costs for the reform of the highway administration and the construction of the Federal Motorway GmbH will be more than three times as high as originally planned. Accordingly, they will amount to a total of 86 million euros by 2021.

A template for the Budget Committee does not mention the main contractor. As the SPIEGEL learned from Berlin consultants, but this is the company Roland Berger.

The company did not want to comment. The ministry refers to an earlier Greens request, which also suggests that the largest consultant is Roland Berger.

Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer (CSU) acknowledged the amount of 86 million euros by 2021 also in front of the "Passauer Neue Presse": "In 2017, the size and significance of this reform was underestimated," said Scheuer. "At that time, before my time in office, you still counted on 24 million advisory fees, which was a much too low estimate."

"Nothing to gloss over"

But there are also more benefits, said the CSU politician. "The four framework contracts with external consultants have gotten out of hand so there is nothing to gloss over." More money and more effort were needed to implement the reform.

Sven-Christian Kindler, budgetary spokesman for the Green Group in the Bundestag, criticized the Minister of Transport vehemently: "That the cost of external consultants shoot so in the ceiling shows that Andreas Scheuer is hopelessly overwhelmed with the project," Kindler told the SPIEGEL. "Scheuer should rely more on his own experts and the expertise in the house and less expensive, private consultants from the outside." In his counseling mania he seems to emulate Frau von der Leyen. "

From 2021, the federal government will assume responsibility for the motorways. The Länder are responsible for many years. In this way, investments should be accelerated and supraregional priorities should be better enforced. The reorganization of the federal trunk road administration was already decided in the past legislative period, it was controversial within the grand coalition.

Source: spiegel

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