The conflict comes to a head: The Minister presidents of the Länder have rejected on Thursday at a Meeting in Berlin with one accord, the Federal Finance Minister, Olaf Scholz (SPD) planned cuts in Federal funds for the Integration of refugees. Once again, you want to put together with Scholz, to find a solution. There is then no result, you want to include the Chancellor. A special meeting with Angela Merkel, then bring the hoped - for result was to get at least as much Federal money for the States and municipalities as in the past. The Chairman of the Prime Ministers ' conference, the Hamburg mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD), and his Deputy, Tobias, Hans (CDU), made from the Saarland.
In which has been brewing for months of dispute, the refugee costs it comes to money, but also to get for the next few years is a reliable solution, the annual renegotiation of the allocation of resources, eliminating the need for. So far, the Federal funding of € 4.7 billion in the year, with the agreement of this sum dates back to times of greater numbers of Refugees. According to Tschentscher, the covers cost about a quarter of the total, which in addition to integration measures, least of all, the cost of the accommodation. What Scholz offers so far, from a country perspective, a significant reduction - there are 1.3 billion euros in the year would be. The Federal Minister of Finance wants to introduce a new flat-rate model, in which the Federal government paid a one-off for every recognised refugee, a total of 16000 euros over five years, and in the case of year-end totals.
"Not a one-to-one"
The German state of Saarland, Hans made it clear that the country expected that the payments of the Federal government "would be one-to-one guided as 2019." But more must be offered than in the past. "We don't let loose," he said. According to Tschentscher, the countries are willing to accept a more flexible solution than before. However, the flat-rate model of Scholz'm not good enough, because it was too little. It is not only to recognised refugees who have a residence status in Germany, but also to asylum seekers.
The mayor of Hamburg called for, it is at least 1.8 billion euros of the Federal government for the accommodation costs would continue to flow. Also, an integration package for each refugee had to come. For this fee the Federal government pays so far, the 2.4 billion euros.
Scholz refers to the coalition agreement
Scholz refers to the coalition agreement, in the total sum had been agreed on the Federal aid of eight billion euros for this parliamentary term to 2021. This contract had also co-negotiated several Prime Ministers. Scholz has announced on Wednesday that a friendly solution and asked for less excitement in the debate. However, the unanimous decision of the Prime Minister, to turn quickly to Merkel, this should not be the case, makes it clear that you do not want to stall. With the appeal to the Chancellor to connect, apparently, the hope is that Merkel, as the originator of the high refugee numbers after 2015, has no interest in the topic in the upcoming election fights, especially in the East.
Scholz on the other hand, had to knit his Budget for 2020 and the years after that very closely, because due to the lower growth of the economy, tax revenues are lower than previously planned. In the Federal Ministry of Finance, and also in the coalition parliamentary groups in the Bundestag, it has, therefore, for a long time that the countries and the municipalities in its entirety by 2022, with Surpluses, while the Federal the black Zero was to be reached only with a tension.