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Battery research: Court of Auditors examines controversial award by Karliczek's Ministry

2019-11-20T21:55:57.854Z

Minister Anja Karliczek continues to be under pressure because of the controversial award of a center for battery cell research. The Federal Court of Auditors examines the legality of the procedure.




Susanne Eisenmann, top candidate of the Baden-Wuerttemberg CDU, has a clear opinion on her colleague, the Education and Research Minister Anja Karliczek: "If the allegations in the room confirm what everything points to, Karliczek is no longer sustainable as Federal Research Minister."

The cause of the unusual quarrel: a center for battery cell research, which is to be settled according to a decision of the Federal Ministry of Research at the University of Münster. Costs: 500 million euros from taxpayers' money. The selection process is massively in the criticism, after SPIEGEL searches, the process was not clean: The reviewers should have been deprived of information that spoke against the site of Münster. The allegations are all the more piquant, as the parliamentary constituency of Karliczek in the immediate vicinity.

At last week's Bundestag Budget Committee meeting, the opposition parties demanded that the tax dollars not be released for the project before the question of how Münster was awarded the location. Although the application failed, new history gets new urgency but comes through the Federal Court of Justice. He has decided to take a closer look at the award of the Ministry of Research. "We check whether the assignment to Münster has expired correctly," said spokesman Jens Hamer on request of NDR, WDR and "Süddeutsche Zeitung".

Karliczek had said before her questioning in the Budget Committee of the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" that one can argue about whether the process was "100 percent happy".

Source: spiegel

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