The Ministry of defence has lifted for the redevelopment of the sailing school ship “Gorch Fock” after a cost explosion and infidelity allegations imposed on a payment to stop.

This applies to already reviewed performance in the Work of the Elsflether Werft AG, said a spokesman for the defense Ministry in Berlin. The creditors ‘ Committee, which was formed after the insolvency of the shipyard, voted in favour of the further course of action. Meanwhile, the Ministry of defence, politicians presented a number of classified internal investigations, the list of significant errors and structural weaknesses, in the case of contracts with military advisers and the renovation of the “Gorch Fock”.

In the case of the refurbishment was to come to a cost explosion from 10 to up to 135 million euros, of which almost 70 million euros were paid. In mid-March with the shipyard agreement (“Declaration of commitment”), provided that the vessel for a further 11 million euros to use the swimming pool for the summer capable. For the second step, from Undocking to high seaworthiness for a maximum of further costs in the amount of 48 million euros. Because of infidelity and allegations of corruption, several investigative proceedings are now pending. The old line of the yard was replaced.

The Ministry presented to members a report on the renovation of the “Gorch Fock”, the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” reported and was not available to the dpa. In it’s early doubts as to the efficiency of the officers in the yard. “The contractor is overwhelmed with the Dimension already now”, – was stated in January of 2018, in an internal paper in which the termination of the Work, and as soon as possible, looking for a succession solution have been recommended. The report documents a large number of documents circulation in the Ministry. Minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) had not been informed about early doubts, but obviously, reported the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”.

“The Minister has decided, on the Basis of doctored Figures,” criticized Alexander Müller, FDP Chairman of the defence Committee. You needed to clean up “in your house to finally take control over the Ministry of defence is to get back”. It was positive that now there is much more Details had been made known.

It is now definitively clear that the maintenance of the “Gorch Fock” was a solid scandal, said Green-defense politician Tobias Lindner. “Through the intervention of the head of Department of the maintenance of the “Gorch Fock was pressed” contrary to the clear warnings of the professional level and bypassing the Federal budget code and the rules of procedure of the Ministry,” he criticized. Under von der Leyen cases in which it has come to blatant violations of due Diligence requirements and award requirements accumulated.

the audit of the 468 contracts with advisors of the Bundeswehr and the defense Ministry, a considerable error is encountered. A documentation of the audit, whether external experts are necessary at all, was documented in almost 40 percent of the cases is not sufficient, as the result of a working group of the Ministry. Tests of cost-effectiveness were not documented in two-thirds of the cases. After criticism of the Federal court of auditors to the Adviser system, the Ministry had commissioned a “Task Force on External third parties” with the investigation.

lack of documentation it could not be concluded that the need for consultants was not given, or the use was uneconomical, it was said from the Ministry. In the meantime, there are for the use of consultants, stricter rules. Also sharpened the control of repairs to vessels.

The use of external professionals for tasks such as IT projects, is the subject of a Committee of inquiry. Consultants have cost under Ursula von der Leyen, a three-digit million amount. Green, Left and the FDP are calling for clarification about who has exercised in the awarding of consultant contracts control, whether the damage for the taxpayer and how rule violations are prevented in the future. In addition, it is the so-called characteristic ratios, so a suspicion of nepotism.


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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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