MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: Die Linke “CDU / CSU and SPD have to respond to the local authorities’ cry for help. The cities and municipalities have applied to the federal government for 2.8 billion euros for the renovation of swimming pools, gyms and other public facilities. But so far the grand coalition has only provided 400 million euros. In tomorrow’s adjustment meeting for the 2021 federal budget, this amount must be increased significantly, ”demands Victor Perli, member of the budget committee for the DIE LINKE parliamentary group. In response to his inquiry, the federal government replied that the current call for funding from the federal program “Renovation of municipal facilities in the fields of sport, youth and culture” had received over 1,300 applications. In total, the municipalities report an investment requirement of 5.2 billion euros, of which the federal government is to take over 2.8 billion. Perli continues: “Over half of the applying municipalities are in a budget emergency. Without the support of the federal government, the public infrastructure is in danger of deteriorating. Poor cities and municipalities are losing touch, their citizens feel left behind and left in the lurch more than average. 1,400 swimming pools have already been closed nationwide since 2000 – around 80 per year. Fewer and fewer children are learning to swim. The dying of baths must be stopped. DIE LINKE has requested that all eligible applications from the municipalities can be supported by the federal government. An additional sum of 2.4 billion euros would have to be made available over the next five years. In the current crisis, that would be an important economic stimulus program for municipalities, crafts and the construction industry. The budget committee will be informed about the application on November 26th. vote in the final adjustment meeting for the federal budget 2021. “
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