MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Dear Madam President! Ladies and gentlemen! Dear Colleagues! The budget we are debating this week is the third one we will adopt this year. This shows that we are currently living in special times with special challenges. That is also the reason why we are only starting our deliberations on the regular budget for 2021 after two supplementary budgets in the first half of the year a few weeks later than usual.
Now to the budget of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in detail. The BMZ budget is again a record one. It will be updated in the amount that it reached in the second supplementary budget with the corona aid measures. That is a proud total of 12.4 billion euros. The share of Section 23 in the total federal budget increases to around 3 percent. It was absolutely right to split the 3.1 billion euros from the crona package for development cooperation into two exactly equal halves of the year and make one half available in 2020 and the other half in 2021. This is precisely why we can continue the high budget approach into the next year.
We have also earmarked an additional 1.55 billion euros in the 2021 budget to combat the worst consequences of Corona in our development cooperation partner countries. Minister Müller and his entire House have really done very solid preparatory work here. I would like to take this opportunity to express my special thanks to you, and in particular to all of the staff entrusted with the budget.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD)
We will look closely at your proposal in the parliamentary procedure and we will certainly make some changes to it.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and Deputy Michael Georg Link [FDP])
The budget is really a very good basis for parliamentary deliberations. But there is one thing that I have to state uncritically at this point – various previous speakers had already said it -: that the changes to the budget of the BMZ that we in the budget committee – not only as a coalition, but also with broad support from opposition groups – are in Having written the second supplementary budget, most of which were turned back, we as Parliament cannot accept that. There will be a need for change and discussion.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and MPs from the SPD and MP Michael Georg Link [FDP])
Even without Corona, the need in the less developed countries and regions of this world would be great enough; But there is more than enough to do with Corona in the context of development cooperation. The pandemic has made the situation extremely difficult in some cases; the Minister mentioned this at the beginning. For example, the UN development program UNDP sees human development set back by six years this year; that is dramatic. Therefore, the pandemic will not only determine our domestic and European policy for the time being. No, our development cooperation with our partners in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and elsewhere will also be significantly influenced by Corona in the near future.
This government bill takes this premise into account. If you look at the budget, you can see this clearly: While we have focused more on the first phase of the pandemic with the first two supplementary budgets this year, i.e. on the health sector and international crisis management, we will probably have to move on in the coming year much more concerned with cushioning the social and economic consequences of Corona.
The pandemic is far from over. Caution is still the order of the day. In these times we all have an immense responsibility here in the House. Let us live up to this great responsibility in the budget deliberations that are now coming up.
Dear colleagues, I am looking forward to the upcoming discussions. Let’s go to work together.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)
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