MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Mister President! Dear colleagues! Dear colleagues! Germany stands by its international responsibility, especially in a global health crisis like the one we are currently experiencing, especially at a time when a multilateral global order is coming under increasing pressure. That shapes the draft budget as a whole, and of course it shapes the draft of Section 23 in a special way. After the record budget of 2020 plus the 1.5 billion euros from the supplementary budget, there is now another record budget of 12.4 billion euros. That is a tripling of this position since Angela Merkel took over as Chancellor. We as the CDU / CSU are proud of that, ladies and gentlemen.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU)
In view of the tendency of my esteemed colleague Steffen to emphasize the contribution of social democracy in particular, I would like to point out that this tripling in the reign of Angela Merkel was preceded by seven lean years under a social democratic chancellor without any increase.
(Dr. Sascha Raabe [SPD]: Dirk Niebel!)
Thanks to the wisdom of the voters, that was a long time ago; but one can remember it.
(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)
However, ladies and gentlemen, I expressly do not want to make use of the increases in the household for one party alone. It’s a joint effort. Almost as a whole, this Parliament has been saying something about this in a moment: We stand by international responsibility, we must do more in this area. We wrestle about how, and it is right that we wrestle about how. But that we see the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a suitable political framework for our country’s efforts and that we expressly commit to making a contribution to development cooperation commensurate with the gross domestic product of such a rich country, that is a strong common foundation .
Only on the far right there is the well-known mood-making – I say: shabby mood-making in the face of the dramatic misery in the world –
(Volker Münz [AfD]: Hyper morality!)
against any development aid. Ladies and gentlemen, in view of the bitter need – the number of people who are currently at acute risk of starvation has risen from 100 to 270 million people – who, in the face of this need, creates mood, pursues abstruse dreams of isolation and in inhumane manner, so to speak agitates against this aid, it fails intellectually and it fails morally.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD as well as from members of the FDP, the LEFT and the BÜNDNISSES 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)
There is not a major challenge facing our country – like all other countries – that requires national and European efforts as well as international efforts. The pandemic shows that. This shows the big issue of countering climate change more effectively. This shows hunger and poverty in the world, conflicts that have to be resolved and questions of peacekeeping. It will always be about reacting appropriately internationally.
That is why it was important to counter the corona pandemic in addition to the measures in one’s own country with an emergency program by the BMZ – 4 billion euros through reallocation, through the supplementary budget, now through this significant increase – and to counter it in a variety of ways, initially primarily by strengthening the Health systems in the poorest countries in the world – training, reporting systems, protective equipment – but also through measures to counter the dramatic consequential damage. Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to thank the Ministry for this flexibility, also for the fact that this flexibility also benefits those who, as private sponsoring organizations in development aid, of course also had to adapt the implementation of their projects to the conditions of the corona pandemic. Here, too, it was important that the ministry reacted flexibly.
Ladies, gentlemen, one topic is the increase in consequential damage, the accompanying circumstances of this pandemic, such as the famine that I have already mentioned. It is right to strengthen the diverse initiatives for food security. The subject of education has been raised. Schools in many poor countries are particularly affected in a variety of ways because public life there has largely come to a standstill. That is why the continuation – we will certainly have to talk about this later – of multilateral efforts in the field of education must be central on our agenda.
Finally, I want to mention the issue of climate protection. We agreed in the coalition that at the end of this year the funds for the various measures of the various ministries – mainly from the BMZ – on the subject of “international climate protection” will be doubled to 4 billion euros. The poorest in the world are the least likely to contribute to climate change and suffer most from it. That is why we owe them measures that help these countries – with their own reduction targets, but above all through adaptation to climate change – to protect their living conditions. It is therefore important that we do not let up in these measures, ladies and gentlemen.
Yes, we are wrestling with important details. The topic of “multilateralism / bilateral aid” was raised. Mr Link, I was a little surprised that you managed to complain that too much was being distributed with the watering can, and then to say where, in your opinion, bilateral aid is being falsely reduced. You may be able to explain again in the Committee on Budgets how this is to be brought together. I can only say: In important areas, for example for the first time with regard to international efforts to modernize diagnostics, there is additional money for multilateral efforts. The same applies to GAVI.
I have no doubt that once a vaccine has been found and the point is to make it available to the poorest in the world everywhere, we will need further efforts internationally, but also in our country. I am delighted that with Mr Barroso, if I may put it that way, one of us – I mean that with regard to Europe, that is what I mean with regard to our Christian Democratic family – will take over the chairmanship of GAVI in January. This will certainly sharpen the awareness of these questions in Europe again.
Ladies, gentlemen, I am looking forward to the budget deliberations. Again: we live up to our international responsibility.
Thank you very much.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)
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