Digital pact: Federation and countries are arguing

The dispute between the federal government and the states over the
Digitization of Germany’s schools smoldering. From the point of view of the Baden-Württemberg Minister of Culture Susanne Eisenmann, the federal government has to provide the designated five billion euros without
Issue constitutional amendment quickly.

The investments are
important to get in the countries the foundations for better education
In the digital age, the CDU politician said
German press agency. “The Confederation has put us in a position to
which we are now, “she told the Conference of Ministers of Culture
this Thursday in Berlin.

The pact includes five billion euros from the federal government for the states

NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) argued on Wednesday evening in the Tagesthemen: “There is already today in the Basic Law a way to use the community taxes to give the countries the money, so that in the digitalization is progressing in the schools.”

On Wednesday, the country prime ministers had opposed the Federal Constitution and Bundestag also provided for the digital pact constitutional amendments and announced to call the mediation committee of the Bundestag and Bundesrat. The pact includes five billion euros from the federal government for the coming five years and is intended to promote the digitization of schools.


In the Bundestag all political groups except the AfD had been for the constitutional changes. These are intended to enable the federal government to transfer funds to countries in general in areas such as education, housing construction or local public transport. Here he is not responsible.

The resistance of the countries is determined above all by the resolution passed by the Bundestag, that from 2020 federal programs for the federal states should be co-financed by the federal states.

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The procedure was “complicated and prolonged”

“The federal government has sought to change the constitution, because he wants to give not only money and technology, but because he wants to intervene in the educational sovereignty of the countries,” criticized the Baden-Württemberg Minister Eisenmann. It is important that now fast Internet and technical equipment come to the schools.

Originally, at a meeting of the ministers of culture in Berlin today, a federal-state agreement on the Digital Pact was to be signed, but this is not possible because of the dispute.

Eisenmann rejected allegations from federal politicians that the countries would resist the flow of money for the schools with their opposition to the constitutional amendment. “That’s nonsense,” she said. The federal government would have already paid two years ago the announced five billion on the article 91C of the Basic Law – to finance the technical infrastructure – according to their representation.

Instead, the procedure was last “complicated and prolonged” been. Eisenmann finds it particularly critical that the federal government also wanted to decide on the staff at the schools. The personnel policy at the schools is a matter for the Länder.

“The tactics of the Prime Minister is unbearable”

The leader of the Young Liberals, Ria Schröder, was outraged by the delays in the implementation of the digital pact. “What a slap in the face of young people, I’m mad!”, She told the German Press Agency. “For years now, countries have been failing to get schools into the 21st century,” complained Schröder. “The tactics of the Prime Minister is unbearable, because it is about the future of the next generation.”

FDP and Greens had reached in negotiations with the grand coalition that the federal government may also pay countries for the training of teachers money.

The German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) called on politicians to reach a quick agreement. “The federal and state governments have to come to an agreement quickly, otherwise valuable time will pass to secure the future of vocational training,” said DIHK President Eric Schweitzer of the German Press Agency. “For our companies involved in training, a quick agreement on the digital pact is very important, because in particular the vocational schools would rather have to be expanded yesterday than tomorrow,” said Schweitzer.

The managing director of the German Association of Cities, Helmut Dedy, warned against a failure of the digital pact: “The disappointment of parents and students would be huge if the digital pact would fail, which is why the federal and state governments have to collude,” he told the editorial network Germany am Thursday.

At today’s meeting in Berlin, the ministers of education should initially sign a draft agreement with the federal government to regulate in which concrete steps the federal government should transfer five billion euros to the federal states in the coming years for the major project.

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