The Federal government has spent in the first half of the year, a minimum of 178 million euros for external consultants. This is the result of a survey conducted by the Ministry of Finance, in the 14 departments, which was conducted at the request of the Left-the Deputy Matthias Höhn.

by far the most the Ministry of the interior invested with 78.7 million euros, and the Ministry of transport with a 47.7 million Euro in expertise from the outside. The Ministry of education is required, however, the least additional Expertise. There were issued in the first six months of the year, only to 293,000 euros for a consultant.

financial-Secretary of state Bettina Hagedorn points out in their reply, however, that there is an external “Advisory and assistance services” has no uniform Definition in the individual ministries. Therefore, it could not be assumed to be “of a cross-comparability of data”.

The Chancellery is not taken into account in the lineup. As a single Federal Ministry, the defense made Department no information. There was not complete “the collection (…) still,” writes Hagedorn. The Numbers would be but filed later.

The use of consultants in the Ministry of defence will be checked for half a year by a Committee of inquiry of the Bundestag. It comes to allegations of improper procurement up to nepotism. Probably the just retired Secretary of defense and the future of the EU is questioned-President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, also of the Committee.

she called it “scandalous” that the Ministry of defence, no Numbers were delivered. “They established (von der Leyen) a part of the illegal adviser-culture, the need to educate for months, a Committee of inquiry, and yet the defense is not the Ministry of information, capable of. This is you must as a President of the Commission, the Committee of inquiry to explain,” said the Left-politician.

In February, a similar survey by the Ministry of Finance had revealed that between 2014 and 2017, a significant increase in the expenditure for a consultant. In 2014, they still stood at 63 million euros, in 2015 there were a total of 105 million, in 2016, the number increased to 243 million, and in 2017, it was 248 million euros. For 2018 were at that time still no complete Figures.

The Engagement of consultants and other experts from outside the Federal government, is highly controversial. Critics think that the shopping expertise is too expensive, and given the more than 20 000 employees in the ministries is also necessary. In addition, it is feared to be of great influence on the work of the government.

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