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Source: CDU CSU

Dear Ms. Bundestag Vice-President! Dear Colleagues! Ladies and gentlemen! We live in turbulent times. The corona pandemic is challenging us both technologically – we urgently need a vaccine – and socially. We all have to take responsibility for ourselves and our fellow human beings; because the many changed rules throw us out of the routine of everyday life. Every step has to be actively considered at the moment: How is it compatible with the AHA rules of the pandemic, how can I live as much of everyday life as possible and still contribute to the prevention of the virus? On the other hand, we feel that these worries are only a small part of the challenges of the current time. The schools that were suddenly closed in the spring made it very clear to us that, despite many digital options, we were not able to adequately reach our children and continue to school with the usual quality. A third challenge that always stands in the room like an elephant is climate protection. The crisis shows us very clearly that we need more dynamism in change processes. That’s why I’m very happy that this optimistic mood is now there in society.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)

But it is also clear that bans are the wrong way to go. We have to initiate the change processes through technological progress. Anyone who thinks that everything can simply be forbidden will quickly notice that they are losing people by their side on the way to the future. Anyone who thinks that the question of the competitiveness of our economy can be neglected will find that our prosperity cannot be taken for granted.

That is why the key to all of these transformation processes lies in research and innovation. Carly Fiorina, former head of Hewlett-Packard, once said: Everything that can be digitized will be digitized. – And we’re right in the middle of it.

The digitization of schools has just picked up at full speed. With the DigitalPact School, we have provided the first 5 billion euros for digital infrastructures in recent years. This year we went even further: 6.5 billion euros show a very clear setting of priorities.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)

We support the federal states with all means available to us in expanding digital education.

But enough money is only one prerequisite for a successful change in schools towards more digital teaching. The equipment with end devices and the expansion of the administrator systems have been clarified. The most important thing now is to train all teachers in such a way that they can make good use of the new opportunities. That is why we have agreed with the federal states that we will also support them in teacher training. We bring together our expertise in educational sciences with the further education structures of the federal states. We create networks of high-performance teacher training, digital and analog, so that progress arrives in schools faster and more effectively, so that we can train our students first-class and individually with all the means available to us.

When I presented the PISA study in 2019, I said: We cannot claim mediocrity. Germany lives from the know-how of its people, and in the future it will probably do more than ever. Technological progress makes the work more and more demanding. That’s good for people. That is why we need first-class education for everyone in Germany.

By the way, our dual training is also first class. All over the world we are envied for our excellent professional education and training. Skilled workers “made in Germany” are kissed on the hand all over the world. We can be very proud of that. And we make sure that it stays that way.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)

We have already initiated international job titles and better financial support for continuing education during this legislative period. Now it’s about making lifelong learning a matter of course. We will make modular training accessible to everyone on a training platform. We want to become the country in which the desire and joy of learning endures into old age. We whet the appetite for the future – and that includes taking people with us through further training.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD – Swen Schulz [Spandau] [SPD]: Very right!)

We are just as intensely concerned with supporting our changing economy these days. Competitiveness and sustainability are two sides of the same coin; because of course we want to keep the industry with its well-paid jobs in Germany. That is why we also ask the question: who has the largest carbon footprint? Where does support with tax money provide the greatest leverage to create the change to a sustainable economy? That is why we currently have multi-million dollar projects with our steel manufacturers, our chemical industry, but also our energy industry in the pipeline. Success in change is not a sure-fire success. It’s a job that takes leadership, goal setting, and enthusiasm. Therefore we have to make people visible where we want to go.

This can be seen wonderfully in the example of the National Hydrogen Strategy. The National Hydrogen Strategy has two essential core areas, on the one hand the development of efficient and competitive technologies for the production of green hydrogen so that we can become suppliers for the world, on the other hand the establishment of supply partnerships; because the production of green hydrogen is much cheaper and more effective in other parts of the world. So we will remain an energy importer and we will be an exporter of sustainable production technologies for green hydrogen.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD – Stephan Brandner [AfD]: Amen!)

The National Hydrogen Strategy in particular is a promise to young people – we will make Germany future-proof and climate-neutral -, to our economy – we will give them powerful support in technological change – and to the global community: We will remain partners for economic development.

In general, we have initiated many structural change measures in this legislative period. The agency for leap innovations is already promoting the first innovations that have the potential to create new markets and jobs. The program to promote quantum technologies has been running since 2018. Quantum communication, quantum sensors, quantum computers – we have to be first class in future technologies if we are to position ourselves well for the coming years. That is why we have now budgeted an additional 2 billion euros for our future program. One of the first quantum computers is said to be in Germany.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)

We have the future in mind and, thanks to a sustainable financial policy, we also have the strength to invest.

(Kai Gehring [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: Then why is there no growth?)

Let’s take a quick look at the corona pandemic. We put 750 million euros on the table to support the development and expansion of production for vaccines. We have released 150 million euros to finance a university network in order to give our patients the best possible therapy and treatment, but also to get to know the virus even better.

Our health system is one of the best in the world, and first-class research companies and scientists are based in Germany. We can rightly say that Germany is in a good position as a country of innovation.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)

But: The transformation towards a digital, climate-neutral world and coping with the corona pandemic, every task is a mammoth task in itself. That’s why we need all of society to get by here and now. We can best cope with the corona pandemic if we adhere to the AHA rules. We can best manage digital development when everyone participates and is open to new ideas. And we create climate neutrality if we drive technological developments.

That is why my budget has now grown to more than 20 billion euros, and that is far from all of the projects; The funds for the DigitalPact alone are not in my budget.

We believe in the power and creativity that have always made our country strong. It is up to us to get out of the crisis more strongly than we went through education, research and innovation. The more than 20 billion euros in Section 30 are a strong sign of confidence.

I would like to thank all of my colleagues very much for their consistent support and look forward to continued good cooperation.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD)


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