Schröder is defending himself against the abolition of his office in the Bundestag
Ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder clearly does not want to accept the abolition of his former chancellor’s privileges. According to consistent media reports, Schröder’s lawyers demanded a “controllable” decision by the Budget Committee – and asked for an interview.
ANDAccording to media reports, Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (SPD) opposes the Federal Parliament’s decision to abolish its office and staff positions. Schröder is now asking for it back, “Bild” and the news portal “The Pioneer” said on Wednesday night. The media received a letter from Schröder’s lawyer to the chairman of the Bundestag’s budget committee, Helge Braun (CDU).
Schröder learned “through the media” that his office should be “suspended” and the functions assigned to the office should be abolished. Lawyers, on behalf of their client, call on the committee to send him a “controllable, and therefore challengeable, decision.”
In a two-page letter, the lawyers referred to the decision of the Bundestag of 8 November 2012, according to which the offices of Schröder’s Bundestag and four employees were “repaired for life,” he said. As regards staff positions, Schröder claims four positions with grades B6, B3, E14 and E8. After the start of the war, all four previous employees criticized Schröder’s lack of distance from Vladimir Putin and asked for a transfer.
The fact that his office has now been “suspended” by a decision of the Committee on Budgets and that staff positions are “in liquidation” is “illegal and unconstitutional,” the Bild quoted the letter as saying. However, the SPD politician does not necessarily want to try his rights in court.
Judicial clarification is no longer “on the front line”, despite the now unacceptable public “hunt” for the former chancellor. He would “rejoice in the chance that, through the debate, he will be able to find mutually acceptable regulation ‘on equal terms’.”
Schröder has been criticized for months for continuing to work for Russian energy companies despite the war in Ukraine. Schröder has since relinquished some of his functions. In the SPD, party order proceedings are taking place with the former chancellor, which may lead to his expulsion from the party.
In mid-May, the Committee on Budgets voted to close the former chancellor’s office. Last year, more than 400,000 euros flowed from the state coffers for personnel expenses in Schröder’s office. According to the committee’s decision, the former chancellor is still entitled to a pension and personal protection.
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