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Source: CDU CSU

Mister President! Dear colleagues! A good two years ago, the Federal Audit Office informed us of a number of public procurement law violations in the BMVg. We followed them up, first in the Defense Committee and then in the Committee of Inquiry, and were able to essentially confirm them.

During this entire phase, the BMVg took a number of measures to prevent such developments in the future. First – because it has not yet been mentioned – all calls from the controversial contracts were terminated. The four-eyes principle was introduced in the subordinate area. A new unit to improve technical supervision was set up in the ministry. There is a new central service regulation for better delimitation of advisory and support services.

(Dr. Florian Toncar [FDP]: Was it all so bad before? Must have been terrible before!)

A number of existing regulations have been adapted and the IT systems for billing services have also been improved. According to human judgment and also according to the Federal Audit Office, these measures are appropriate to prevent such developments in the future.

(Gerold Otten [AfD]: Well, then everything will be fine!)

However, the committee also revealed something different: each of those involved – we have heard them up and down as witnesses in the committee – can be assumed to be the best, sometimes the fastest and often the most convenient for the Bundeswehr wanted.

(Dr. Florian Toncar [FDP]: For your own turnover!)

There is no evidence to suggest any personal benefit from it. External consultants sometimes had the advantage; but the employees of the Bundeswehr acted to the best of their knowledge and belief and for the troops.

(Applause from MP Henning Otte [CDU / CSU])

Ladies and gentlemen, mistakes were made in the process and people you know were employed. That was wrong.

(Dr. Florian Toncar [FDP]: Well meant!)

Now there are new rules and more control, and the question arises: is everything right now? – Now one can of course say about every single measure that I just pointed out: Yes, it is correct; it helps to avoid mistakes and risks. – But we also have to look at the overall system, and from my point of view the overall system is developing in the wrong direction. We get this very often from the opposition and also from the house.

May I quote – I picked out this extra – what the Army Command recently wrote down on procurement:

Current procurement practice is geared towards eliminating risks as much as possible and strives for maximum (legal) security and compliance. …

The goals are

decoupled from those of “the troops”, the actual service provider of the entire Bundeswehr company … The required agility within the processes is made structurally impossible.

The former military commissioner Bartels put it in a nutshell in his report:

A safeguarding doctrine has been established throughout procurement,

(Dr. Florian Toncar [FDP]: You can now say that about Ursula von der Leyen personally!)

which permanently paralyzes.

Ladies and gentlemen, that is the real problem with our procurement. We have to change the processes. We know that the structures do not match the tasks. We know the ways are too long. And we have now super documented in the committee of inquiry report on 700 pages that abbreviations lead to errors.

Now I ask you: Let’s take this brainpower, this knowledge – my colleague Lindner has just said that he has learned a lot – and let’s think about how we can improve the processes within the Bundeswehr.

Because a lot has been said on the subject of “Ursula von der Leyen and Katrin Suder”, I would like to make one thing clear for my parliamentary group: The two started with the clear goal of changing and improving the Bundeswehr, and they are facing a lot of resistance encountered, even within the house and in your ranks; that was not at all right. But you acted to the best of your knowledge and belief. And you can see what they have achieved: within one legislative period they have doubled the number of proposals that we discussed here in Parliament. You have quintupled the volume.

Vice President Wolfgang Kubicki:

Come on, please.

Dr. Reinhard Brandl (CDU / CSU):

Ladies and gentlemen, the armed forces are making the material that is currently being received by the armed forces better every day, and we owe them a big thank you.

(Dr. Florian Toncar [FDP]: Not serious!)

In this sense: Thank you very much for your attention.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)


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