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Opposition criticises external adviser to the Federal government

The Federal government is investing heavily in the support of external consultants. Despite more than 20,000 of its own Employees, the government relies on expertise from the outside.

In the past five years, has issued the Federal government a minimum of 716 million euros for external consultants. The response of the Ministry of Finance on a request of the Left-the Deputy Matthias Höhn, the German press Agency.

Therefore, since the 1. In January 2014, a total of 3804 contracts with consultants to complete. The CDU/CSU and SPD would have a 16. The Ministry of the Advisor to set up the rule now in all departments, Höhn. The independence and the neutrality of the state would be undermined. Höhn calls: "External consultants need to get out of the ministries".

in view of the more than 20,000 employees who are employed in the Chancellery and the 14 Federal ministries, critics consider the Engagement of external consultants is too expensive and not necessary. At the same time a great outside influence on the government, it is feared work.

In focus: the Federal Ministry of defence

The Federal court of auditors has recently criticised the practice for the Ministry of Defence in the award of contracts to external consultants sharp. In addition to a waste of taxpayers ' money also allegations of cronyism in the room. According to the court of auditors, the Ministry of Ursula von der Leyen, 2015, and 2016, at least 200 million for consultants. The affair will focus on the defense Committee of the Bundestag again.

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