The Ministry of defence and its subordinate authorities and companies have spent in the first half of the year, 155 million euros for external consulting and support.

This is almost as much, as reported, all the other 13 ministries together with 178 million for this period, expenditure for external services. The response of the Ministry of defence to a request from the Left-Deputy Matthias Höhn, which is present the German press Agency.

The Parliamentary defense state Secretary Thomas Silberhorn justified the high expenditure especially with the growing challenges in the field of digitisation. Alone 109 million euros were allocated to the CPI, the IT service provider of the Bundeswehr, the care of 1200 properties of the force.

The Ministry of Finance indicates 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 Ministry of Finance had determined on request Hohns already in July, the expenditure of individual departments, for expertise from the outside. The Defence was the only Ministry that took no details. With the now reported 155 million euros for Expertise from the outside, it is clearly in front of the Ministry of the interior, with 78.7 million euros and the Ministry of transport 47.7 million euros. 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.

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 in view of 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.

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.

The Left-politicians, Höhn called the expenditures of the defense Ministry for external consultants “scandalous”. “Mrs von der Leyen has made the Bundeswehr an El Dorado for external consultants,” he said of the dpa. “Now the question is whether Annegret Kramp-karrenbauer will send the gold diggers back home.”

Reuters topics in this article, the Federal Ministry of defence German armed forces Federal MINISTRY of Finance Federal government of Berlin to talk to Matthias Höhn, Deutsche Presse-Agentur Thomas Silberhorn digitization

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