With the special fund of 100 billion euros for the Bundeswehr lashed down by the traffic light government, questions arise with regard to its efficiency. The Green boss is now making initial suggestions.
Green Party leader Omid Nouripour is calling for a reform of the procurement system after the coalition and the Union have agreed on a special pot to equip the Bundeswehr.
The procurement for the armed forces must be better, said Nouripour of the “Rheinische Post”. “In the Bermuda triangle between industry, Bundeswehr users and the procurement office, the focus is often not on what is most urgently needed.” That is why there are “inefficiencies”.
After weeks of wrangling, the coalition and Union had agreed on the legal basis for a special fund of 100 billion euros. In principle, this gives the green light for weapon orders from the armaments industry on a large scale. The head of the reservists’ association, Patrick Sensburg, called for better equipment for soldiers. These included, above all, protection against cold and moisture, night vision and radio equipment, said the former CDU member of the Bundestag to the editorial network Germany (RND).
Sensburg also called for the financing not to be stretched over a long period of time. “Even the major armaments projects must now be completed very quickly.” However, the Greens household expert Sven-Christian Kindler put on the brakes. He told the RND: “It is realistic not to assume that all the money will flow out for meaningful projects in just five years.” In the end, the Budget Committee of the Bundestag will decide on the projects and “pay very close attention to the profitability and usefulness”.