MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Dear and dear Mr. President! Dear Colleagues! Dear Federal Minister Gerd Müller! Much has already been thanked. But, as the President just mentioned, as chairman of the Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development, I feel the need to take this opportunity to speak in the context of the budget debate to say thank you very much for the really excellent intergroup cooperation in our committee . This applies to all political groups represented in the committee.
Of course, during the deliberations you notice who is particularly fond of each other; but the conciliatory always prevails. Above all, we are united by the big picture, the big goals that we are pursuing, and it is quite natural in a parliamentary democracy that the ways to get there are seen differently.
Almost 30 years ago, in January 1991, I started as a very young member of this committee. I am not going to end my parliamentary career on this committee. In this context: Dear Minister, dear Gerd Müller, you have announced that you will turn your back on the German parliament in the next legislative period. But we also know where your path leads, namely to Vienna to the UNIDO, if you are elected as a German or an EU candidate. I believe that we are all united in this House, across all political groups, that we support your candidacy with all our strength. Because we are proud of it and can only expect and hope that it will be the first time that a European and, moreover, a German will take over this responsible presidency at UNIDO. We wish you all the best on this path from the bottom of our hearts.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU, the SPD and the LEFT)
Of course, I am also sorry that so many, as you, Gerd, said, will leave the committee. I have already said: I will stay. And because Florian Post is looking at me right now: He’s also promised me that. In this respect, I look forward to the future of our work with great pleasure.
Because I have just started with a historical longitudinal section through the parliamentary work: Dear Minister, dear Gerd Müller, you can indeed be described as the lucky guy when it comes to federal budget issues. We have already seen very different times in budgetary matters and especially with Section 23. I have excellent memories of the time when Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, whom I hold dear, was Minister. It was from 1998. But from 2005 to 2009, as chairman of the CSU regional group, I was always allowed to attend the cabinet’s budget retreats. Volker Kauder, you were also there as the parliamentary group leader of the Union parliamentary group.
During these years Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul fought like a lioness
(Applause from the SPD)
by amounts of 5 million euros, 10 million euros, for households always in the order of magnitude of 4 billion and then in 2009 of 5.8 billion euros. I always thought to myself: respect how this woman puts herself. And you are in a really good tradition, dear Gerd. I am happy about the 12.4 billion euros that we have now put in.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU, the SPD and the LEFT)
And because Mr Münz said at the beginning that this was an incredible increase compared to the original medium-term financial planning from around 9 billion euros to now 12.4 billion euros: One of the countless experiences that one has in development cooperation is that we have the funds, of course need to stabilize. We cannot live from one year to the next, and projects can of course only be successful overall if those who advance and support these projects, who plan them, then implement them and first make them sustainable and successful, also firmly in the subsequent years can count on money.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU, the SPD, the LEFT and the BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)
Dear colleagues, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the many organizations that support our development cooperation. This includes the really big organizations that we all know. But this also includes many small organizations whose commitment we should not underestimate and which need our help.
Traditionally I take every opportunity when I stand here at the lectern to mention my constituency. Two private organizations immediately come to mind: the parish association Seeon im Chiemgau, which incidentally works in Malawi, and the East Africa aid in Traunstein. And so that it is balanced from north to south: the Lions Club Hannover, which operates a maternity ward in Sri Lanka, for example. We shouldn’t ignore the little ones alongside the really big ones.
From my work in previous offices, for example as chairman of the economic committee, but also from my time as Federal Minister of Transport, I know how important it is to include business in international economic cooperation. That of 3.6 million German companies only 1,000 are active in Africa, dear Gerd Müller
Vice President Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich:
Colleague, it is time to lower your voice and come to an end.
Dr. Peter Ramsauer (CDU / CSU):
I thought so, dear Mr President. I also see it calmly: no speech in the Bundestag from me in 30 years in which the respective president would not have drawn my attention to it.
(Laughter and applause from members of the CDU / CSU)
But I don’t learn it anymore and I don’t even want to learn it.
I just wanted to say: Without the inclusion of business, the German economy and companies in Germany, we will not achieve our goals. That is why I strongly advocate that the chamber organizations, the AHKs, also properly include the economic chambers of other countries in Germany.
With this in mind, I sincerely wish our joint work all the best.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU, the SPD and the FDP)
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