The “Gorch Fock”-renovation work is progressing, just slowly.

if The progress of work on Board the sail training ship was “very low and has fallen significantly behind the expectations at the time of the signing of the Declaration of commitment”, according to “world on Sunday” from an internal Letter, the defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) established the “Task Force restoration projects” at arms-Secretary of state of the rooms Benedict. The Letter comes, therefore, from the 4. April.

For the renovation of the “Gorch Fock” was it came to an explosion in Costs from 10 to up to 135 million euros, following allegations of corruption and misappropriation of a Payment freeze was imposed. The Elsflether Werft had at 20. February, applied for insolvency proceedings in self-administration.

in mid-March, the Ministry of defence has agreed with the shipyard to cancel the payment stop in exchange for stricter control rules, more transparency and a strict cost limit. In the agreement (“Declaration of commitment”), provided that the ship is floating, initially for a further 11 million euros until the summer capable.

The newspaper reported, citing the Letter, of the planned date for the floating ability of the vessel 21. June should be a rating of “increasingly critical”. The Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the shipyard, Pieter Wasmuth, told the newspaper: “The schedule is tight, but we’re on schedule.” The Work on the ship had already been resumed.

CSU leader Markus Söder said the “Bild am Sonntag”: “We should make the school ship prefers a floating Museum, and instead, with the money of modern equipment such as air defence systems and transport helicopters to buy.”


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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