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Brandenburg wants to secure aid package

2023-12-05T14:07:43.626Z

Highlights: Brandenburg is reacting to the budget ruling of the Federal Constitutional Court. It wants to secure its aid package of up to two billion euros for municipalities, companies and families. The state parliament is to determine once again for the year 2024 an extraordinary emergency situation as a result of the Ukraine war. This was announced on Tuesday by the coalition factions of the SPD, CDU and Greens. The AfD parliamentary group is suing against the Brandenburg package, a decision is expected next year. The declaration of an emergency is a prerequisite for the suspension of the debt brake.



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A session in the state parliament of Brandenburg. © Soeren Stache/dpa

According to the budget verdict from Karlsruhe, a lot of calculations are also being made in Brandenburg. The government does not want to jeopardize its aid package and is drawing consequences. Where it may also be necessary to slim down remains vague.

Potsdam - Brandenburg is reacting to the budget ruling of the Federal Constitutional Court and wants to secure its aid package of up to two billion euros for municipalities, companies and families, for example. To this end, the state parliament is to determine once again separately for the year 2024 an extraordinary emergency situation as a result of the Ukraine war. This was announced on Tuesday by the coalition factions of the SPD, CDU and Greens, who will submit a corresponding motion to parliament in December.

Finance Minister Katrin Lange (SPD) is also preparing a supplementary budget for 2024, i.e. an amendment to the existing budget. This is intended to secure measures from the Brandenburg package as a result of the Karlsruhe budget ruling. "It's about technical adjustments, not about sums that come on top," said Lange.

The Brandenburg state parliament had jointly declared an exceptional emergency for 2023 and 2024 so that up to two billion euros of new debt can be taken out via the Brandenburg package to cope with the consequences of the Ukraine war and the energy crisis. This is no longer permissible after the ruling from Karlsruhe, said CDU parliamentary group leader Jan Redmann. Therefore, the declaration of emergency for 2024 is to be repeated so that the aid package is not declared unconstitutional. The AfD parliamentary group is suing against the Brandenburg package, a decision is expected next year.

According to Redmann, financial cuts are also to be expected. What these will look like after the examination of the planned measures in accordance with the requirements of the Federal Constitutional Court remained unclear on Tuesday. The Brandenburg package will be smaller and borrowing will be reduced, Redmann said.

The Brandenburg package is part of the 2023/2024 double budget, from which funds will flow, for example, to municipalities, hospitals, daycare parents, schools, universities, sports clubs and the expansion of disaster control. The measures financed must always be directly related to the declared emergency.

SPD parliamentary group leader Daniel Keller assumes that most of the measures will also be reliably implemented. It is important to exclude any risk so that the people of Brandenburg can also be financially relieved in 2024, said the Green parliamentary group chairman Benjamin Raschke.

Finance Minister Lange now wants to examine in detail the justification according to which the declaration of an emergency situation is justified. The measures must be suitable for overcoming the crisis, said the minister.

The declaration of an emergency situation is a prerequisite for the suspension of the debt brake. This is currently being discussed in the federal government for the current year. Finance Minister Lange said: "The debt brake is a fair-weather regulation and is out of date."

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In its ruling, the Federal Constitutional Court declared the reallocation of 60 billion euros in the 2021 budget to the Climate and Transformation Fund null and void. The money had been approved as a Corona loan, but was to be used retrospectively for climate protection and the modernization of the economy. At the same time, the judges ruled that the state should not set aside emergency loans for later years. Since then, the German government has been mired in a budget crisis. The billion-dollar gaps can also have consequences for Brandenburg, for example in planned climate protection projects. Dpa

Source: merkur

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