Before the Meeting of the East-the Prime Minister, with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) is Thuringia’s government chief Bodo Ramelow (Left) to a higher Federal share in the financing of the supplementary and special pensions in the GDR.

“is This in the coalition agreement of the CDU and the SPD. There is a delivery obligation of the Federal government”, said Ramelow of the German press Agency in Erfurt. “It is time that a number on the table.” The burden for the budgets of the länder in the East by the rising payments were high.

About 1.3 million people get money from the special and supplementary pension systems of the GDR, including former military personnel, police officers, scientists or Doctors. It is applied alone by the state, mostly from the Eastern countries.

The pension issue, as well as structural policy and urban development funding, quick Internet, more and more Federal authorities are in the East, as well as follow-up costs from the GDR damage to the environment on the program of the Prime Minister’s conference East. Ramelow, who is currently the Chairman, meets with his counterparts from the five countries, and Berlin on Wednesday (3. April) in Neudietendorf near Erfurt with the Chancellor.

It is the representation of the interests of Eastern Germany, almost 30 years after the fall of the wall cannot be waived, said the only Left-wing politicians among the German länder heads of government. He expected at the Meeting on the status of German unity, but no short-term decisions.

“I don’t have the expectation that Mrs Merkel, the cheque-book to bring, or a catalog of the Federal authorities, which should be located in the East.” But he assumes that “solutions in motion”. The same is true for pension hardship provisions, for example, in the GDR, Divorced or assisting spouses in craft.

In the case of the settlement of Federal agencies or research institutions in Eastern Germany, the country heads throb for years, looks Ramelow movement. This applies to projects in Brandenburg and Saxony. “But we have to stay with the theme. Because the majority of decision-makers in West German thinking.” Deficits exist. Per 1000 inhabitants in Saxony 0,9 Employees of the Federal government, in Thuringia, was 0.7, but, nationwide, an average of 2.2.

Currently, he is a set, together with Saxony’s Prime Minister, Michael Kretschmer (CDU), for an additional research facility in Jena, Germany. The cooperation of the Eastern heads of government, Ramelow said: “The solidarity really works.” He had assumed the presidency of the conference of the Eastern Prime Minister last December, Reiner Haseloff (CDU) in Saxony-Anhalt.

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