Federal Transport Minister Andres Scheuer (CSU) at the symbolic groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of a section of the Autobahn 3 between Würzburg and Nuremberg
Photo: Daniel Karmann / picture alliance / dpa
Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) is apparently particularly happy to open new roads in Bavaria.
According to a media report, he made half of the eight such appointments he completed in the election year 2021 in his home state, reports the editorial network Germany (RND) and cites an answer from the Federal Ministry of Transport to a question from FDP MP Oliver Luksic.
"As is well known, the Federal Ministry of Transport has been geared towards the Free State of Bavaria under the CSU leadership for many years," said Luksic.
Scheuer did "everything for the public image at home, but his record as Minister of Transport remains disastrous."
The Chemnitz SPD member of the Bundestag, Detlef Müller, told the RND: "This is simply brazen specialty economy." Such an approach promotes "political disaffection to an extreme".
More money for federal highways than any other country
Financially, the Free State benefits considerably from Scheuer's road construction policy.
This is shown by a look at the budget allocation for road construction.
The Christian Socialist from Passau is strictly following the motto "Bayern First", as research by SPIEGEL has shown.
With 2.1 billion euros, his home country received more money for federal highways in 2020 than any other country.
The much more densely populated North Rhine-Westphalia had to be content with just under 1.7 billion euros.
The state of Baden-Württemberg, which is structured in a similar way to Bavaria, received around one billion euros.
Scheuer has already received public praise from Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) for his commitment to his state.
If you add up the sums that were spent on federal trunk road construction during Scheuer's tenure, Bavaria received a total of 6.3 billion euros.
This corresponds to 21 percent of the total budget of almost 30 billion euros.
According to the so-called Königsstein key, according to which federal funds are distributed among the states, Bavaria would be entitled to a good 15 percent of the funds.
"The federal traffic budget is used specifically to secure the power of the CSU in Bavaria," criticized Green traffic expert Oliver Krischer.
Instead, the money should be used where it is needed most.
nis / gt / AFP